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Adams accuses Kenny and Martin of misrepresenting crisis in North

9 May, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, speaking in the Dáil this evening during statements on Brexit, criticised the failure of the Government to defend the vote of citizens in the North to remain in the EU and to win support for designated status for the North within the EU.

The Sinn Féin leader also accused the Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader of cynically using debates on Brexit to blame the crisis in the North on Sinn Féin.

Gerry Adams said:

“The Taoiseach is making a point of saying that there is no Northern Assembly in place. He knows exactly why this is so. Remember the Taoiseach has some limited experience of dealing with the DUP.

“He failed to get Arlene Foster to have the DUP involved in the Civic Dialogue initiative. He knows also that it is the DUP’s refusal to fulfil its obligations on the rights of citizens which has blocked progress in the North. He knows that the DUP are for Brexit. He also knows that his position in relation to the ongoing negotiations in the North has been one of studied detachment. Yes, the Minister for Foreign Affairs has been in Belfast but he rarely talks to the DUP or more accurately the DUP rarely talks to him. In fact, it would be interesting to know how often our Minister has met with DUP leaders?

“So, the Taoiseach knows all about the DUP’s disposition; so does the Fianna Fáil leader. Both leaders called for the suspension of the Assembly, yet both criticise Martin McGuinness for taking a stand against allegations of corruption and for good governance e based on equality. In spite of all of this, rarely will an opportunity to discuss Brexit pass without the Taoiseach or the Fianna Fáil leader blaming Sinn Féin for what’s happening or not happening in the Assembly in the North. They continue to deliberately misrepresent all of this for their own narrow party political purposes.

“The Taoiseach has failed to put forward the ambitious vision required and has failed to harness the potential support and sympathy that is within the EU.

“Sinn Féin will continue to make the case that the best way to secure our future is through achieving designated special status for the North within the European Union.” 

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