Sinn Féin will engage positively in Stormont Talks - Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD speaking in the Dáil this morning said that “led by Martin McGuinness, Sinn Féin is engaging in the current talks positively with the objective of creating a real future for all citizens based on equality.”
The Sinn Féin leader said: “Sinn Féin is totally and absolutely opposed to all criminality. Secondly, Sinn Féin like other parties here is accountable to the electorate… We are not accountable to any other group or organisation.”
Speaking in the Dáil, Gerry Adams TD said:
“For the last few years the political institutions in the north have been on the verge of collapse. At the heart of the current contrived crisis is the murder of two men; Jock Davison and Kevin McGuigan.
“The Fianna Fáil leader’s contribution to this was an idiotic call for the suspension of the political institutions.
“The basis for the very welcome recommencement of talks today is the publication of a report by the British government, alongside one from the Garda Commissioner.
“Some elements of these reports have been seized upon by opponents of Sinn Féin. I want to deal with two aspects of this.
“One is that Sinn Féin is totally and absolutely opposed to all criminality. We stand with communities and the police services on both parts of this island. Our party has paid a price for that. I and other Sinn Féin leaders are under active death threats. My home is regularly targeted with bomb alerts.
“Other party members have had their homes and property attacked and one young man, Frank McCabe junior, was blinded in one eye because of his family’s stand against criminality. So this is not an academic exercise for us or a point scoring electorally driven contest. We put our lives on the line against those who are engaging in criminality.
“Secondly, Sinn Féin like other parties here is accountable to the electorate. Our leadership – the Ard Chomhairle - is democratically elected annually at our Ard Fheis. We are not accountable to any other group or organisation.
“The business of making peace and implementing a process of societal change is challenging. But that is the priority for Sinn Féin alongside our efforts to present a genuine republican alternative to austerity and building support for a united Ireland.
“Led by Martin McGuinness Sinn Féin is engaging in the current talks positively. We will deal with all issues with the objective of creating a real future for all citizens based on equality.”
Gerry Adams concluded:
“Sinn Féin is the only organisation involved in the Republican struggle and in Republican activism. We are wedded to democratic and peaceful means. After all we secured a peaceful and democratic way to secure republican objectives.
“All parties have a responsibility to tackle criminality and bring paramilitarism to an end and Sinn Féin will play a full part in this important work.
“We now need to get on with the pressing issues facing the community and the economy; Tory cuts to essential public services and attacks on working families and those on welfare and dealing with the legacy of the past.
“We will work positively and constructively with all the political parties and the two governments to achieve all of this.”