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Kenny must make the North a priority- Adams

12 September, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams has today called on The Taoiseach to make the North a priority.

Speaking before the Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle meeting Gerry Adams said:

“Over the past number of years, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Prime Minister Cameron have virtually abandoned their roles as co-equal guarantors of the agreements and taken a detached approach the political process in the North.

“Clumsy interventions at times of crisis or soundbite or platitudes is no substitute for long-term engagement and strategic consistency which is required on an ongoing basis.

“While of course it is up to the parties in the North to play a full role, the government’s detached approach has encouraged those opposed to power-sharing, equality and progress.

“The governments have no agreed plan to implement the agreements, resolve the issues of the past and deliver a workable budget.

“This must change, the governments must act to defend the agreements and institutions.

“This means Mr Kenny must make the North a priority.

“The Minister for Foreign Affairs has correctly acknowledged the unique circumstances pertaining in the six counties and including the need to resolve the legacy of the conflict, progress reconciliation and deliver a workable budget, all of these make the North a special case.

“The Taoiseach must persuade Mr Cameron of this and of the reality that there is a different set of economic and social challenges from those in Britain. 

“They must demonstrate the leadership and generosity that we expect from all parties.

“David Cameron has called on parties to go the extra mile or ten miles then his government must also come up to the mark and deliver a workable budget.”

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