Sinn Féin is committed to making talks work – Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD speaking in Belfast today said he was looking forward to meeting the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Friday and “updating and discussing with the Taoiseach the current political situation”.
The Sinn Féin leader said:
“On Friday, I will meet An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on his first visit North as Taoiseach. Michelle O’Neill is on holiday but will return for the Pride event on Saturday.
“I am also delighted that the Taoiseach is going to participate in the Gay Pride event on Saturday morning. That’s good, and an important act of solidarity with the LGBT community.
“It will help focus attention on the need for marriage equality, available elsewhere throughout these islands, to be extended to citizens in the North.”
Responding to remarks earlier today by the DUP leader Arlene Foster in which she claimed that Sinn Féin is not serious about devolution, the Sinn Féin leader said:
“Let no one in any circumstances, in any way, underestimate Sinn Féin’s preparedness to make talks work. Our record is there for all to see.
“You could write a thesis on Arlene’s remarks this morning. She starts off by saying that the talks will begin again in earnest in August. I presumed, until now that because we were there, that the talks were in earnest. She goes on to say that she’s disappointed to say that Sinn Féin is not up for making this work.
“When you boil all of this down the big question which no unionist leader has been able to get away from, is whether unionism, or at least its leaderships is prepared to embrace a new dispensation in which everyone’s rights are respected and actively promoted and defended; or whether they want to cling to the remnants of the old unionist way of doing things.
“That’s the profound question for unionists.
“I’m going on holiday. I’ll cancel my holiday now. We will put a negotiating team in now to deal with these outstanding issues. They’re all about rights. They’re all very straight forward. They threaten no one.”