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Lack of leadership by Robinson - Adams

24 September, 2013 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has criticised the lack of political leadership by Peter Robinson as First Minister.

Speaking in the Dáil today during Taoiseach’s Questions the Sinn Féin leader was scathing in his criticism of the DUP.

Teachta Adams said:

“These have not been good months for the political process. It is clear that there is a crisis within political loyalism and Unionism. We have seen months of organised sectarian violence on the streets of Belfast. The mayor of Belfast was attacked and assaulted while carrying out his civic duties. Hundreds of members of the PSNI have been injured.

“When Martin McGuinness stood shoulder to shoulder with Peter Robinson and the chief constable after so-called dissidents killed PSNI officers and British soldiers, he was leading in an assertive, robust and clear manner.

“Why has Peter Robinson not stood shoulder to shoulder with Martin McGuinness and done exactly the same thing?

“The reneging on the programme for Government commitment to the development of the site of the old prison in Long Kesh, as set out in the infamous letter from the USA, is clearly a big problem.

“There are many issues. There have been some recent arrests. I have done my best to brief the Government privately on all of these matters. The interventions of the British Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers, over the summer months were most unhelpful.

“Obviously, we have to do a great deal of work to encourage unionism in all of its manifestations to be part of this process for change.  The Government, as a co-guarantor, has a duty and an obligation to make sure the British Government keeps to its obligations too.

“I commend to the Taoiseach the need for the Government to be very alert and vigilant. It needs to be reasonable and clear about how we proceed. There is an international agreement and the Government has a responsibility to ensure it is upheld.”

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