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Onus on the governments to honour commitments and tackle crisis – Adams

8 November, 2015 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams TD said in Toronto today there is an onus on the British government to tackle the financial crisis it has created in the north and honour its commitments on dealing with the legacy of the past.

And the Sinn Féin leader said the Irish government need to make the resolution of all these issues a priority.  

Gerry Adams said:

“The talks in the north are entering a concluding phase.

“Sinn Féin is at the negotiating table to find solutions to the issues of the past, parades and identity. We are seeking solutions to tackle criminality and end the activity of armed groups, which continue to promote division and conflict.

“The British government must honour its commitments on legacy issues arising from the Stormont House Agreement.

“This must include the disclosure of information relating to the deaths of loved ones through the conflict.

“The British are seeking to elevate the safeguarding of the reputation of their agents, army and police above the needs of victims. That is not acceptable to victims of the British state.

“Nor should it be acceptable to the Irish government. The Taoiseach needs to make the resolution of all these issues a priority.

“We also have to deal with the financial crisis that has been created by the British Government, a government that seeks to impose cuts on our public services, on the most vulnerable and on working families.

“We are a society that is emerging from conflict, a society that requires investment to grow the economy, to tackle inequality and division, and to promote reconciliation.

“The British government has a responsibility to redress its past policies. That includes their financial responsibility to tackle their economic and social legacy.”

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