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Irish Government cannot allow British counterparts off the hook for summer - Adams

6 July, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has insisted that the Irish government must not leave the British government "off the hook for the Summer" when it comes to work required to reach an agreement in the North that would see the restoration of the political institutions.

Speaking from Leinster House today, where he was joined by party leader in the North Michelle O'Neill MLA and Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD, Teachta Adams said;

"We are disappointed are disappointed with the outcome of the discussions. Sinn Féin wants a deal. We wont shy away from the work that needs to be done now that will help the likelihood of a agreement being reached in the Autumn.

"Our objective is to restore the political institutions as quickly as possible.

"However, any agreement must deliver for all the citizens of the North. The institutions can only work if it is on the basis of respect, integrity and equality. The issues that need to be resolved are not Sinn Féin issues. They are right-based issues. They are issues for wider society.

"The approach of the DUP, supported by the British Government, represents a huge failure on behalf of Theresa May and her officials.

"The Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has made a generally positive contribution so far.

"It is crucial, however, that the Irish Government now engages immediately with their British counterparts to ensure that the pathway to reaching an agreement is developed.

"The idea that all of this can be parked until September is a non-runner. Both governments have a duty to take active responsibility to ensure that the work is done now to help facilitate an agreement.

"The Irish government cannot allow the Tory government off the hook for the summer."

Sinn Féin's Leader in the North, Michelle O'Neill MLA, added;

"The Irish government must vigorously pursue the rights of citizens currently being denied to them by the DUP and the British Government.

"Sinn Féin will engage with the governments. the DUP, and the other parties over the summer. We are determined to make an agreement happen."

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