27 May 2005

RTE

Adams welcomes Ahern's NI commitment

27 May 2005 15:07

The Sinn Féin President, Gerry Adams, has welcomed the Taoiseach's reiteration this morning of his commitment to reaching a political solution in Northern Ireland.

Bertie Ahern said that the Government's commitment to the Good Friday Agreement was 'rock solid'.

Mr Ahern also said if the IRA responds positively to the Mr Adams' earlier appeal to abandon the armed struggle, his Government would urge the DUP leader, Ian Paisley, to sign up to the deal negotiated last year.
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He said he was hopeful there would be such a positive response from the IRA, but he repeated there could be no fudges from the organisation on the end to paramilitarism and criminality.

He said if a positive response was forthcoming from the IRA, the Irish and British governments would expect unionism to participate fully in partnership and inclusive politics.

Mr Ahern was speaking at the Institute for British-Irish Studies at University College Dublin.

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