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Adams - Today is a good day for Ireland

8 May, 2007


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams speaking at Stormont this morning said "Today is another significant landmark in the process of transforming life on this island. Today is a good day for Ireland. I want to thank and commend everyone who worked to achieve this."

Sinn Féin leaders from across Ireland are in Stormont today as Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley take up their positions at the head of the power-sharing government in the north. Among those in attendance are party President Gerry Adams, incoming Ministers Caitríona Ruane, Michelle Gildernew, Gerry Kelly and Conor Murphy. They will be joined from the south by Mary Lou McDonald, Martin Ferris, Gerry Murray, John Brady, David Cullinane, Padraig MacLochlainn, Joe Reilly, Jonathan O'Brien and Joanne Spain.

Mr. Adams said:

"Today is another significant landmark in the process of transforming life on this island. Today is a good day for Ireland. I want to thank and commend everyone who worked to achieve this.

"I want also to remember everyone who was hurt or killed in the conflict. Over the weekend I spent time in County Tyrone with families of IRA volunteers killed 20 years ago today at Loughgall. Days like today must be about ensuring that events like Loughgall are never visited on another generation.

"I genuinely believe that we are all shaping a real process of national reconciliation and building a new relationship between the people on this island and between Ireland and Britain. There are clearly many challenges ahead but have no doubt that all these challenges can be overcome."

Creideann muid go bhfuil tús déánta le haghaidh ré úr do pholaitíochta ar an oileán seo. Tá Sinn Féin sásta go bhfuil na hInstitiúidí Comhaontú an Chéasta ar ais in áit inniu agus molann muid ceannasaíocht an DUP. Taispeánann na plé cainteanna seo agus an comhaontú idir ár dá pháirtí na féidireachtaí de cad is féidir linn a dhéanamh amach anseo.

Rinne Sinn Féin an gnó do mhuintir na hÉireann uilig. Bhí stair brónach againn-buí agus glas. Ar an lá seo caithfidh muid a bheith dóchasach..Táimid ag iarraidh an thodhchaí is fearr a thógaíl le chéile dár muintir uilig. Táimid ag lorg síochán agus cearta d'achan duine ar an oileán seo. Impím ar gach duine tacú linn amach anseo agus feicfidh muid ár n-aisling Éire an comhionannas curtha i bhfeidhm san iomlán.

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