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Adams says DUP and Irish government should champion Special Status within the EU for the North

16 January, 2018 - by Gerry Adams

Speaking in the Dáil today on the issue of Brexit negotiations, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD responded to remarks made by DUP leader Arlene Foster in Killarney at the weekend;

“I want to acknowledge and welcome Arlene’s statement that she is opposed to a hard border and she is interested in novel solutions.

“The problem is while they say they are opposed to a hard border, Ms Foster and the DUP are also demanding that the North leaves both the Customs Union and the Single Market.

“If that happens, it will guarantee the imposition of a hard border.

“Sinn Féin has been championing a practical solution for the North to be designated special status within the European Union.

“I want to commend this solution to the DUP and the Irish government. There should be no shying away from this solution because it came from Sinn Féin. We don’t care who gets ownership of it. We don’t care what you call it.”

Teachta Adams also stated that Brexit has seen the leader of Fine Gael become more progressive on the national question than the Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. However, Mr Adams urged the Taoiseach to move beyond rhetoric to delivery.

He said:

“The job of the Taoiseach, and the government, is to protect, defend and advance the national interest.

“For too long governments here have seen themselves in terms of the interests of this state.

“I welcome the fact that the Taoiseach is looking to the interests of the people, both north and south.

“We need you to move beyond rhetoric to delivery on what you have been saying regarding the North.

“It is a matter of some bemusement to me that the Fine Gael leader is sounder on the issue of the national question than the leader of Fianna Fáil at this time.”

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