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Gerry Adams to ask Enda Kenny and Pat Rabbitte to take initiatives to support the peace process

7 July, 2006

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP, Arthur Morgan TD and Caitríona Ruane MLA will meet with Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Labour Party leader Pat Rabbitte at 2.15pm in Stormont today.  Speaking in advance of the meeting Mr. Adams said:

“It is welcome that Enda Kenny and Pat Rabbitte are travelling to the north today to assess for themselves the difficulties and challenges which lie ahead if the political institutions are to be restored and the Good Friday Agreement implemented. 

“In May I wrote to all of the party leaders in the Dáil to ask them to get more involved in the essential work of the peace process.  Today I will be seeking their views on what specific contribution Fine Gael and Labour can make and will be asking them to take up a more pro-active role in the time ahead particular in relation to issues such as northern representation in the Dáil, the Orange marching season, ending discrimination and collusion.    I will also raise with them the need for all those parties who support Irish re-unification to begin to work together to prepare for independence, including dialogue with the unionist community.

“I will be asking both leaders to revisit their position on northern representation to allow all MPs elected in the Six Counties to speak in the Dáil.  Both parties had backed the recommendations of the all-party Oireachtas committee in 2002 but declined to support proposals brought forward by the Taoiseach last year – something which is now being used as a block on progress.

“The reality is that the future of the Good Friday Agreement hangs in the balance. If the peace process is to be put back on track in the weeks and months ahead it will take the efforts of all political leaders on the island.  I hope that Pat Rabbitte and Enda Kenny will use today as a first step in both of their parties taking further positive interventions in support of political progress.”ENDS

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