Government must seek formal meeting of Irish Intergovernmental Conference to secure rights and implementation of previous agreements - Gerry Adams TD
Speaking after a meeting with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this evening, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said the Taoiseach should stop pretending the current crisis in the North is because of a row between Sinn Féin and the DUP and called on the government to seek a formal meeting of the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference to secure rights and the implementation of previous agreements.
The Sinn Féin delegation to the meeting included Mary Lou McDonald TD, and MLAs Michelle O'Neill and Conor Murphy.
Speaking today Gerry Adams said:
“Since the resignation of Martin McGuinness Sinn Féin has sought to have the rights of citizens in the north of Ireland respected and previous agreements implemented.
“This is a completely reasonable ask and expectation.
“These rights include marriage equality, language rights, a bill of rights and the rights to an inquest in legacy cases. These are enjoyed here and across Britain.
“For over 10 months Sinn Féin has sought to resolve these issues. The move by the British Government to impose a budget was an acknowledgement that no agreement with the DUP was possible.
“The DUP have, so far refused to respect these rights and honour the previous agreements. The British Government, led by Theresa May, is prepared to put up with this for her short-term electoral survival.
“The DUP cannot be given a veto on rights and previous agreements.
“It is now time for the governments to act. If we are to re-establish the Executive, the role of the Irish Government will be decisive.
“The Irish Government are neither neutral or neutered on this matter. They need to make clear that the way forward is the full implementation of the agreements and the rights of citizens.
“These issues are not going away. Irish Government must now seek a formal meeting of the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference to secure rights and the implementation of previous agreements.
“Sinn Féin will also be meeting the British Prime Minister Theresa May on these issues next week.”