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British Government is part of the problem - Adams

5 March, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD said today that the British government are part of the problem in the political process in the north by their failure to implement and honour agreements. 

And the Louth TD said the Taoiseach and the Irish government need to hold London to its responsibilities and obligations.

Gerry Adams said:

“Sinn Féin will be at Stormont tomorrow to engage positively with all the other parties. Following on from the election, I have called on everyone to reflect on how we find a way forward. 

“That includes the two governments. I am disappointed by the commentary from London and Dublin over the weekend.

“The two governments seem to be in denial of the reality that while the RHI scandal precipitated the election, the political system has been brought to the point of collapse by the failure to respect and implement previous agreements. This failure includes both governments.

“The two governments have walked away from the role of co-equal guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement. They have failed to uphold the equality obligations of the Good Friday and subsequent agreements and failed to ensure the implementation of an Irish Language act.

“It is little surprise that the DUP acted with arrogance and disrespect to the point of scandal on the watch of the two governments.

“The British government refuses to implement the agreements on legacy and has sought immunity for their soldiers and agents.  

“They have set aside the concept of consent, and undermined human rights safeguards, in seeking to impose Brexit against the will of the majority of voters in the north.

“The British government has given up all pretence of independence. The Tory party stood in the recent election and was rejected again by the electorate receiving only 2,379 votes. 

“They are not neutral arbitrators. They have refused to implement and honour their agreements and responsibilities. They are part of the problem.

The Irish government needs to hold London to its responsibilities and obligations. The Taoiseach knows this. So does Minister Flanagan. That needs to be their focus in the coming talks.”

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