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Adams not convinced by Irish Government opposition to sanctions

1 February, 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said that he is not convinced by the Irish government's protestations that it is opposed to sanctions against Sinn Féin.

Mr Adams said:

"The British government is currently imposing sanctions against Sinn Féin. Is the Taoiseach demanding that this discrimination be ended? Not to my knowledge. The Irish government joined with the British government to form the so called Independent Monitoring Commission and agreed to the British Secretary of State be given powers outside the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

" I am unconvinced therefore about protestations of opposition to sanctions. Nationalists and republicans are understandably and increasingly sceptical of the attitude of the two governments.

" Sinn Féin's commitment is to make this process work. But as the Taoiseach and the British Prime Minister know we cannot do this on our own." ENDS

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