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Sinn Féin to build a solidarity movement in Britain to advance the cause of Irish unity

5 July, 2006

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP today addressed the AGM of the British based National Union of Rail Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) which is being held in Liberty Hall in Dublin this week. Among those Mr. Adams met were the General Secretary and the President of the RMT, Bob Crowe and Tony Doneaghy.

Mr. Adams said 'The RMT has consistently supported the right of the Irish people to determine our own future and more recently has been an enthusiastic advocate of the Good Friday Agreement.' The Sinn Féin leader praised the contribution of the RMT over the decades since its foundation.

Mr. Adams outlined Sinn Féin‚s intention to build a solidarity movement in Britain to help advance the cause of Irish unity and called on our allies in Britain to support this work.

Mr. Adams said:

"British policy in Ireland has historically been the catalyst for conflict and division in our country. British policy ultimately needs to be about ending British jurisdiction on this island.

Sinn Féin wants to build a solidarity movement in Britain to help advance the cause of Irish unity. The challenge is to persuade potential British allies that they should support a free Ireland. And I would like to call on supporters of Irish unity in Britain to join with us in that task.'

In relation to the peace process Mr. Adams said:

"The truth is that the Good Friday Agreement is in trouble. The present phase of the political talks will decide the future of the Agreement. The principle obstacle to progress at this time is the DUP.

"If that is to change then the responsibility rests on the British and Irish governments to create the political conditions in which unionism understands that the old ways are over, finished, gone for ever. No more second class citizenship.

"That means moving ahead with the peace process and the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. It may be that the DUP is not up to this challenge. It may be that sharing power in an Executive and in an Assembly structure is more than unionism can deal with at this time.

"But that only means setting aside one part of the process of change.

"The implementation of the Agreement and of its potential for further progress can still be advanced across all its social, economic, cultural, and institutional arrangements.

"The DUP may have a veto over the Assembly and All-Ireland Ministerial Council but the governments can produce any number of new accords and treaties enhancing and building upon the work of the existing implementation bodies, as well as developing new and stronger all-Ireland arrangements. Sinn Féin is currently discussing these matters with the two governments." ENDS

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