Key role for both governments in addressing current crisis in north – Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking in Dublin this morning, has said that the “active involvement” of both the Irish and British governments is required to defend the institutions of the Good Friday Agreement.
In addition to finding a solution to the RHI debacle that’s in the interests of citizens, he said that there are also “major issues surrounding the functioning of the institutions, parity of esteem, equality and respect in government decision making and they must be addressed”.
Teachta Adams said;
“In light of the current crisis, it is timely to remind ourselves of the major political, economic, social, and cultural progress brought about by the peace process and the Good Friday Agreement, benefiting all the people of Ireland.
“No one has worked harder than Sinn Féin, and Martin McGuinness in particular, in trying to form a partnership in the north that defends the integrity of the political institutions of the Agreement, that must operate within the range of safeguards that are intended to ensure equality of treatment and parity of esteem.
“The current crisis surrounding the RHI scheme has served to characterise the arrogance of the DUP in government. Refusing to act in the interests of citizens, who have potentially seen half a billion pounds of their money squandered as a result of DUP incompetence, is completely unacceptable. Transparency, accountability and zero tolerance of corruption is required.
“There are also major issues surrounding the functioning of the institutions, parity of esteem, equality, and respect in government decision making and they must be addressed.
“That process will invariably require the active involvement of the Irish and British governments to defend and implement the Good Friday Agreement.
“I spoke with the Secretary of State James Brokenshire last night and put it to him that the British government has refused to honour its outstanding obligations. A Sinn Féin delegation has met him in Stormont this morning. Mary Lou McDonald and I are also meeting with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny later today.
“Sinn Féin is motivated solely about defending both the letter, and the spirit, of the Good Friday Agreement. That is our priority and we are up for the challenge. There is now a very clear onus on all political leaders, north and south, and the British government to ensure that is achieved.”