Adams - time to step up the pace if progress is to be made
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP today led a party delegation including Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP and Michelle Gildernew MP in the first meeting of the Programme for Government Committee in Stormont. Speaking after the meeting Mr Adams said 'a good start was made today but all of the parties need to step up the pace and do some serious work in the coming weeks in order to resolve the outstanding issues.' The Programme for
Government Committee will meet again next week.
Speaking following the meeting Mr Adams said:
"Today's convening of the Programme for Government Committee is welcome and a good start was made. We now need to step up the pace. There is a huge amount of work to be done in a relatively short period of time and we will
only succeed if everyone comes at this in a genuine spirit.
"At today's meeting we proposed that the Programme for Government Committee meet with the Minister for Finance Brian Cowen and the British Chancellor Gordon Brown to discuss in detail the proposals for a significant Peace
Dividend to be used by a future Executive. We also called for the proposed legislation on Water Rates, due to be debated next week in the British House of Commons, to be deferred.
"There are many other issues which this Committee needs to address. One of the most important is cross party agreement on the timetable and departmental model for the transfer of power on policing and justice away from Westminster to political institutions on the island of Ireland.
"People across the island, nationalist and unionist, will be following the work of this committee carefully. Sinn Féin intends to engage fully with all of the parties, including the DUP, to resolve all of the outstanding issues.
Our focus is on getting the power-sharing and all-Ireland institutions up and running as quickly as possible and delivering for the people who elect us." ENDS