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Gerry Adams describes IMC report as total and absolute rubbish

10 February, 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams speaking in Dublin this afternoon has described the IMC report as total and absolute rubbish and has accused the Irish government of playing dirty politics with the peace process.

Mr. Adams said:

Today I will give my initial response to the IMC report and tomorrow, when we have had an opportunity to review the situation Sinn Féin will give our considered view as to what all of this means.

I would ask people to read the IMC report. The report is total and absolute rubbish. It makes allegations against our party, which it does not even try and substantiate. And I consider some of the accusations that they make to be sinister.

The IMC is doing what it was set up to do. The IMC is a tool of the two governments. It is they who must bear responsibility. It is they who have brought about this situation.

I have to say that I feel a sense of betrayal at the actions of the Irish government. It is they who have moved completely away from the notion of the Good Friday Agreement. It is they who are putting up pre-conditions. It is they who are undermining the rights of Irish citizens.

The Minister for Justice made it clear what all of this was about on RTE today when he said they are doing this in order to influence the electorate ˆ those who vote for our party.

The Irish government are playing dirty politics with the peace process. I think the Taoiseach has crossed the line with his allegations that myself, and Martin McGuinness, had prior knowledge of this robbery. I have sought legal advice on this matter and am told that what we are being accused of is conspiracy to rob and withholding information. This is completely untrue. But if the Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice actually believe this then the logic is that they should act - It is time for the Taoiseach to put up or shut up.

Sinn Féin is prepared today, even in the face of all of these attacks, to get down to business with the two governments, to resolve the outstanding matters. That is our priority."ENDS

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