McGuinness demands he and Adams get to meet Cameron

Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness
Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness last night demanded that the Prime Minister urgently meet with him and Gerry Adams.

In comments which follow the Deputy First Minister’s ferocious Thursday attack on Peter Robinson for not being more critical of the UVF, Mr McGuinness last night questioned “the stewardship of the peace process by British Prime Minister David Cameron”.

The Sinn Fein minister questioned what he described as “private meetings” between the Prime Minister and the DUP.

The Mid Ulster representative said: “David Cameron has failed to meet the Sinn Féin leadership on a range of serious issues, which have had a destabilising effect on the political process.

“The revelation that David Cameron may have been cosying up to the DUP with an eye on the next British elections may explain the increasingly partisan role the British government has been playing in the peace process.”

He added: “It’s imperative that the British Prime Minister meets with Gerry Adams and myself in line with our request as soon as possible.”

On Thursday night, a senior DUP MLA hit back at Mr McGuinness after he accused Peter Robinson of “cowardice of the worst kind” over loyalist attacks in east Belfast.

The Deputy First Minister had claimed that his Stormont Castle partner was reluctant to speak out against the paramilitaries for electoral reasons. But DUP chief whip Peter Weir dismissed the allegation as an “outrageous statement with no basis in fact”.