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Adams - Institutions must be in place from Monday

22 March, 2007


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP speaking prior to a party meeting with Gordon Brown this morning said "The choice is very clear, either we allow the current very unsatisfactory arrangements to continue where British government Ministers impose all types of punitive measures, or locally mandated politicians take up their positions and try to deal with all of these matters. In other words, that we govern and we govern from Monday when Ministers are appointed."

Mr. Adams said:

At any point in a process like this, and we are now in the countdown to the Assembly and the other institutions being put in place, there is always the danger that a government will wobble.

We can be assured that those who are against this process will make a concerted effort to derail this opportunity.

So we go forward with the very clear view that we are not for wobbling - the people have spoken - they want the institutions in place. They have to be in place from Monday and the Executive has to be elected.

The choice is very clear, either we allow the current very unsatisfactory arrangements to continue where British government Ministers impose all types of punitive measures, or locally mandated politicians take up their positions and try to deal with all of these matters. In other words, that we govern and we govern from Monday when Ministers are appointed.

We have an unprecedented opportunity and a huge amount of preparation work has been done to get us to this point. We cannot allow the rejectionists or those that don't want progress to set the pace."ENDS

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