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Adams criticises British position on legacy

2 February, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking tonight at an election rally in Newry, called on the British Secretary of State James Brokenshire to honour his government’s commitment on legacy issue.

Gerry Adams said:

“Last weekend, the British Secretary of State James Brokenshire decided that the anniversary of Bloody Sunday was the right time to claim that investigations by the PSNI and others into legacy events have too great a focus was on the actions of the British Army and other state forces. His intervention was deeply offensive.

“In recent weeks, we have seen similar attacks on the Public Prosecution Service in the North and on the Lord Chief Justice, who has called for funding for legacy inquests.

“None of the claims made are true. What they do represent is a desire on the part of the British state and of the DUP and UUP to provide immunity to British soldiers and others who either directly or indirectly through collusion, killed citizens. This is not acceptable.

“Nor will the British stance come as any surprise. This is a government that has protected its forces from prosecution over decades of conflict.

“On those rare occasions that a British soldier ended up in court and was convicted, they were released quickly, brought back into the British Army and promoted.

“The British government is not neutral. It was never neutral. It is a partisan participant which always backs the unionist position.

“Brokenshire is a blow-in. He has hardly been here for a wet weekend. His comments only make the process of finding agreement more difficult.

“Instead of making provocative statements, he should implement all those outstanding elements of the Good Friday Agreement that his government is responsible for.

“And this includes providing the funding, requested by the Lord Chief Justice, to process the legacy inquests.” 

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