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Gerry Adams speaks to Taoiseach in advance of recovening of Assembly on May 15th

12 May, 2006

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP spoke to the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern today as final preparations are being made for the return of the Assembly on Monday 15th May.   Mr. Adams is in Wicklow and Wexford today for a number of constituency visits with party candidates Councillor John Brady and Councillor John Dwyer. 

During his visit to Enniscorthy Mr. Adams also met with members of the Presbyterian Church including Rev. Stephen Rae.  Mr. Adams said ‘I was very glad to accept this invitation to meet with members of the Presbyterian Church in Enniscorthy.  At a time when a young man, Michael McIlveen, lost his life in Ballymena in such tragic circumstances, it is important that people take the time to reach out and talk to each other.”

Later this evening Mr. Adams will speak at an event to mark the anniversary of the death of Hunger Striker Francis Hughes and the execution of 1916 leader James Connolly.

Mr. Adams said:

“The coming weeks and months are critical for the Good Friday Agreement. We have all invested a huge amount of time and energy into this process over the last decade but we are approaching make or break time for the Agreement.

“There are huge challenges ahead for the Irish and British governments and all of the parties. The reconvening of the Assembly next week provides an opportunity to make genuine progress but the sole focus must be on ensuring that the power-sharing Executive and all-Ireland institutions are fully restored and that local politicians take up their responsibilities. We need to ensure that the sectarianism which manifested itself in the murder of Michael McIlveen is eradicated forever.

“For all of this to work the British government needs to stop going off on wild goose chases. They must make it clear to the DUP that they have a choice to make in the coming weeks with regard to participation in a power sharing government and that if they choose otherwise the two governments will move forward anyway with the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.“ENDS




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