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Adams - Focus must be on speedy restoration of political institutions

7 January, 2006

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP speaking at a meeting of the party’s Ard Chomhairle (National Executive) in Dublin this morning said ‘The focus of all of the parties and the two governments must be on the speedy restoration of the political institutions.’

Mr. Adams said:

“I believe that 2006 will be a vital year in the Peace Process.  The responsibilities of all of the political parties and the two governments are clear. There needs to a genuine effort to end the stalemate and to restore the power sharing government and all-Ireland political institutions voted for by the people of Ireland.

“The Irish and British governments have stated that it is their intention to make a concerted effort to revive the peace process, beginning in the coming weeks.  Sinn Féin welcomes any genuine attempt to do this and in our ongoing contacts with the two governments we have made it clear that we will play a positive role. 

“Republicans have acted.  Now the two governments need to take action.

“The Good Friday Agreement cannot be kept in mothballs indefinitely and we have told both governments that the Assembly, in its current form, is not viable. The political vacuum cannot continue. 

“Following the IRA initiatives of last year there is growing expectation among the public that the process will move forward. There needs to be progress by the summer.” ENDS




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