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Adams and An Taoiseach discuss Defending the Good Friday Agreement

25 January, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD today raised with An Taoiseach in the Dáil his upcoming meeting with the British Prime Minister Theresa May who is expected to visit Dublin early next week.

Speaking afterward, the Sinn Féin leader said:

“Yesterday, I raised with the Taoiseach his upcoming meeting with the British Prime Minister. I specifically outlined the many outstanding issues arising from the Good Friday and subsequent agreements that have not been implemented.

“These include

·        A Civic Forum in the north

·        An All-Ireland Civic Forum

·        A Bill of Rights for the North

·        Joint north/south committee of the two Human Rights Commissions

·        An All-Ireland Charter of Rights

·        Honouring its obligations in compliance with the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

·        The introduction of Acht na Gaeilge

·        The Weston Park commitment on a Pat Finucane Inquiry

·        And the use of the National Security label to obstruct efforts to resolve legacy issues

“In his response, the Taoiseach acknowledged and I quote: ‘significant elements of the Good Friday Agreement - some historical and some cultural - have not been implemented. These are matters on which we need to follow through’.

“I am looking to the Taoiseach to do that. If the government is serious about this, then as a co-equal guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, the Taoiseach and government must engage consistently and in a strategic way with the British government to ensure the full implementation of the Agreement.” 

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