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British Prime Minister playing fast and loose with Good Friday Agreement in bid to cling to power – Gerry Adams

15 June, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD said today that he told the the British Prime Minister Theresa May she was playing fast and loose with the Good Friday Agreement in a desperate attempt to cling to power. 

A Sinn Féin delegation led by Gerry Adams, which included Mary Lou McDonald, Michelle O’Neill and Elisha McCallion, met with the British Prime Minister in London today. Following the meeting the Sinn Féin President said:

“We told Prime Minister May and she and her government are in default of the Good Friday Agreement and that they have turned a blind eye to the disruptive actions of the DUP over a long time. 

Both the government and the DUP have refused to implement key agreements on language and equality rights and dealing with the legacy of the past.

The DUP are opposed to rights that are enjoyed across Britain and in the rest of Ireland, especially in respect of LGBT citizens and marriage equality.

The failure to honour commitments made, in some cases almost 20 years ago, and the allegations of corruption over the Renewable Heat Initiative are why Martin McGuinness resigned.

That is why the Institutions are in crisis.

The British government have made clear its intention to scrap the Human Rights Act and leave the European Court of Justice, and the European Convention on Human Rights. This is a direct attack on the Good Friday Agreement, and the core human rights elements of the agreement. 

The imposition of Brexit, against the will of the people of the North, will undermine the all-Ireland structures and rights of citizens in the North to EU citizenship, which are guaranteed under the Good Friday Agreement. 

We warned Mrs May that the pact between the Tories and the DUP has the potential to undermine past agreements and the re-establishment of the Executive.

Any deal that undermines the Good Friday Agreement will be opposed by Sinn Féin and we would hope the Irish Government.

If the institutions are to be put in place they need to be sustainable, viable and properly resourced. Sinn Fein has consistently made this point and Michelle O’Neill reiterated that today with Prime Minister May. We also argued for a financial package.

We told the British Prime Minister that in our view she is playing fast and loose with the Good FridayAgreement in a desperate attempt to cling to power.

We challenged the British Government to fully implement the outstanding aspects of the Good Friday and subsequent agreements. 

The Good Friday and subsequent agreements changed the relationship between our two islands. It is a beacon of success for conflict resolution throughout the globe.” 

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