10 April 2006

Adams refusing to give up hope amid North pessimism


10/04/2006 - 13:13:40

Sinn Féin is refusing to give up hope that the DUP may agree to share power with republicans in a devolved government this year.

The unionist party is refusing to consider a return to power-sharing government in the North, saying it does not believe the IRA has decided to end all non-peaceful activity.

The Irish and British governments are planning to give the North's politicians until November 24 to end the deadlock and elect a new Northern Executive.

Most observers believe the plan is doomed to failure because of the DUP's stance, but Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said today that his party was still hopeful this could be changed.

He said Sinn Féin had requested meetings to discuss the issue with the DUP and all the other parties.

Mr Adams said all the parties were in agreement on a range of local issues such as water charges and health cuts and Sinn Féin was hoping to convince the DUP that the only way it can have control over these matters is by agreeing to share power with republicans in the Executive.

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