Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle meet in Dublin
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP speaking following a meeting of the party's Ard Chomhairle in Dublin today said:
"Sunday was a huge day for Irish republicans. Despite the enormity of the issue and the personal experience of many of the delegates and their families at the hands of political police, party activists showed huge courage and leadership.
"The Ard Chomhairle met today to discuss how we now implement the position adopted at the Ard Fheis. We are calling on people in the community to co-operate with the police to solve crime and take criminals off the streets. The issue of political policing will take longer to resolve. Further progress will happen either with the return of the power-sharing institutions on March 26th or in the context of new all-Ireland partnership arrangements.
"I know that all of this is very difficult for many people and I know that it will take time for all of us to come to terms with what has happened in recent days.
"And there is a huge onus on the PSNI to earn the trust and confidence, which at this point does not exist.
"At the weekend when closing the Ard Fheis, I called on republicans to enter the next phase calmly and not to be put off by how others respond to our decision.
"The DUP's reaction has been sadly predictable. Assertions by the DUP that they are going to test republicans don't wash. They have no veto over how we deal with this issue. What republicans did at the weekend was done in the national interest and in the common good. It wasn't done for the DUP. And they are in no position to lecture anyone on law and order. So rather than unionist politicians competing with each other on a negative agenda surely now is the time to grasp the opportunity and adopt a more positive approach. This, I am sure would be welcomed by many unionist people." ENDS