Gerry Adams in Derry: Welcome for US involvement in crisis talks

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams addressing the Press outside An Culturlann yesterday afternoon, accompanied by Martina Anderson, MEP, and Caral Ni Chulain, Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure. DER4014MC103
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams addressing the Press outside An Culturlann yesterday afternoon, accompanied by Martina Anderson, MEP, and Caral Ni Chulain, Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure. DER4014MC103

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams said he welcomes the American government’s involvement in a new round of talks to try and break the growing crisis at Stormont.

Mr Adams said Sinn Fein had been trying to secure the US administration’s presence at the table with the British and Irish governments as they begin talks to try and break the stalemate over welfare cuts at Stormont.

Mr Adams was speaking after attending a Sinn Fein Slogadh Irish language conference staged at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin on Gt James Street on Saturday morning.

He was joined at the event by Minister Carál Ní Chuilín and Foyle MEP Martina Anderson.

Also taking part were local journalist Eamonn MacDermott, James Connolly Heron and Honor O Brolchain.

When asked by the Journal what he felt was now needed to ensure the institutions survive the looming threat of a return to direct rule, Mr Adams said:

”First of all we welcome very much that the two governments are convening talks and there is going to be support for those from the administration in the USA and Sinn Fein has lobbied for that for some time.”

He added: “We are at the Slogadh, the Irish language conference of Sinn Fein, and I have just written to the Prime Minister and the Taioseach in the context of these upcoming talks saying that these outstanding aspects of all of the Agreements that have been made from Good Friday onwards, need to be addressed, and that includes Acht na Gaelige [Irish Language Act].

“Acht na Gaelige doesn’t threaten anyone.”

Mr Adams added: “If we want to see all these issues addressed, there is no reason whatsoever - particularly in relation to the cuts by the British government - wh y there should be any discord on the Executive parties.

“The Executive should be united in facing up to the Tory government.

“All the other political issues can be resolved if there is the political will to resolve them.”

Gerry Adams also said that the government in Ireland needed to up its game with regard to its commitment to the Irish language and the Gaeltacht communities.
He said: “We are asking the Irish government to honour its promises to people of the Gaeltacht areas. 
They are doing the minimum that they need to do . The Gaeltacht areas need investment.
“It’s particularly important to remember that Seán Ó Cuirreáin, the former Commissioner resigned, because of his strong opinion that the Irish government was doing nothing for the people of the Gaeltacht areas. Some experts have said that within 30 years unless this is changed the Gaeletacht areas will be no more.”
Mr Adams said in the north, his party colleague Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín had done a huge amount of work to address the issues facing the Irish language sector.