Opportunity for progress must now be seized
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP has thanked all those who voted for Sinn Féin returning it as the largest pro-Agreement and largest nationalist party. He said 'the opportunity for progress must now be seized. We want to see a return to the talks as quickly as possible.'
Mr. Adams said:
"Sinn Féin went into this election seeking an endorsement of our peace strategy and in particular of our initiative to get the process back on track
"Despite months of disgraceful, dishonest and negative campaigning by the establishment against our party, 174,530 people came out yesterday and endorsed this strategy.
Sinn Féin support has increased across the North - in constituencies where MPs were returned - Newry/Armagh, Mid Ulster, Fermanagh/South Tyrone, West Tyrone and West Belfast and in areas such as South Down, Foyle, Upper Bann and North Antrim. We have been returned as the largest pro Agreement party and the largest nationalist party. The message is clear - people want to see progress and they want to see Sinn Féin leading that change.
"There is a huge responsibility on us but there is also a huge responsibility on the DUP and on the two governments.
"The opportunity for progress must now be seized. We want to see a return to the talks as quickly as possible to get the Good Friday Agreement implemented and the political institutions restored."ENDS