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Gerry Adams calls for the re-convening of the Assembly as quickly as possible

24 November, 2006

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP speaking from Stormont this afternoon called for the Assembly to be re-convened as quickly as possible.  He said he stood by his comments in the Assembly this morning, when he nominated Martin McGuinness for the position of Deputy First Minister.  He called for good will on all sides to try and move the process forward and said politicians should match the bravery shown by the staff in Stormont this morning when they tackled an armed gunman.

Mr. Adams said:

“I want to commend those staff in Stormont this morning who showed such bravery in tackling an armed gunman.  This was a serious attempt to injure and kill. There are many questions that need to be answered about security here, the forensic history of the gun and the nature of the devices that this individual had.  The fact is that if he had not been stopped people would have died.

“The Sinn Féin leadership have spent the afternoon talking to the British and Irish governments.  We want to see the Assembly re-convened as quickly as possible.  There is a need for goodwill on all sides if we are to move forward.

“We set out our stall this morning and we stand by that.  I believe that all of the outstanding issues can be resolved if the political will is there.  We can’t be put off by what happened here today, our focus has to be on securing the return of fully functioning political institutions.”ENDS


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