Wednesday 22 November 2017

Adams wants to meet with dissidents

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke
Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams wants to "enter dialogue" with dissident groups who he says are at war with the community in Northern Ireland.

Mr Adams, who has himself always denied being a member of the IRA, said he would be willing to engage with groups in a bid "to end their futile violent campaign, which is going nowhere".

He was speaking in Belfast, where he said dissident Republican groups have an ongoing campaign aimed at intimidating community workers.

"Some of those involved in these groups are heavily involved in criminality," he said.

"And while the majority of their attacks and threats have been against members of the nationalist community, they have also killed and injured police and prison officers."

The Louth TD said those involved opposed Sinn Féin and had recently "sought to promote confrontation".

"I would appeal to those involved to end their futile violent campaign, which is going nowhere. It causes hardship and loss for families, including prisoners' families.

"Sinn Féin believes in the centrality and importance of dialogue. We are willing to meet with these groups and lay out our strategy and vision for the future.

"If these groups had any integrity they would enter into dialogue with us," Mr Adams added.

Irish Independent

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