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Adams criticises British government on legacy

4 February, 2017 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD speaking at the commemoration today of the attack on the Sinn Féin office in 1992 in which three people – Paddy Loughran, Pat McBride and Michael O’Dwyer - were killed, has accused the British and Irish governments of failing to support victims.

Gerry Adams said:

“The British government wants to cover up the actions of its agents, its informers, and its military and paramilitary apparatus. It is not interested in the truth. That is why it has obstructed the agreement reached at Stormont House two years ago into legacy cases. It is also why they want immunity for British soldiers and others who were responsible for beatings, for torture, and for murder.

James Brokenshire’s claim that there is too big a focus by the PSNI and others into the past actions of British forces is patently untrue. But Brokenshire hasn’t been alone in this the DUP and the UUP and some Conservative politicians have joined forces in attacking the Public Prosecution Service and the Lord Chief Justice.

The British government, the DUP and the UUP are only interested in protecting British soldiers, the UDR, the RUC and those surrogates they used to kill citizens. The SDLP needs to be questioned on this issue also. Because that party is calling on nationalists to transfer their votes to the UUP. The UUP says it will block investigations into British state killings.

Instead of making provocative statements James Brokenshire should implement all those outstanding elements of the Good FridayAgreement that his government is responsible for. And this includes providing the funding, requested by the Lord Chief Justice, to process the legacy inquests.

Neither can the Irish government be excused of its responsibility. It is a co-equal guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement.” 

Concluding Gerry Adams said: “Today Sinn Féin remembers our friends and their families. But I accept that others can tell a similar story and I acknowledge that families who have been bereaved by republican actions have their narrative.

While I obviously disagree with the British Army and its surrogates they too have a story to tell and all these narratives must be set side by side.

However I do not give the same leeway to those who in the British government directed or condoned these strategies. The attack on the Falls Road Sinn Féin office, like other similar attacks, were part of British government counter insurgency strategies aimed at suppressing dissent to British rule.”

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