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Northern Ireland Sinn Fein subservient to party in Dublin: Robinson

File photo dated 15/01/13 of Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, who reacted to the announcement of Baroness Thatcher's death with a scathing assessment of her political legacy in Ireland and elsewhere. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday April 8, 2013. Margaret Thatcher has long been vilified in republican circles over her involvement in Northern Ireland, in particular her handling of the IRA hunger strikes inside the Maze prison in the early 1980s. She was a top target of the IRA, which nearly succeeded in killing her in the deadly Brighton bomb blast of 1984.

File photo dated 15/01/13 of Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, who reacted to the announcement of Baroness Thatcher's death with a scathing assessment of her political legacy in Ireland and elsewhere. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday April 8, 2013. Margaret Thatcher has long been vilified in republican circles over her involvement in Northern Ireland, in particular her handling of the IRA hunger strikes inside the Maze prison in the early 1980s. She was a top target of the IRA, which nearly succeeded in killing her in the deadly Brighton bomb blast of 1984. "Margaret Thatcher did great hurt to the Irish and British people during her time as British prime minister," claimed Mr Adams. "Working class communities were devastated in Britain because of her policies. "Her role in international affairs was equally belligerent whether in support of the Chilean dictator Pinochet, her opposition to sanctions against Apartheid South Africa; and her support for the Khmer Rouge. See PA story DEATH Thatcher Adams. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

 

Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland has become “subservient” to the party in the south since Gerry Adams entered the Dail in 2011, Peter Robinson has claimed.

In a blunt broadside at his Stormont coalition partners, The DUP leader said that “troubling” changes in how the party operates have made it exceptionally difficult to make decisions at Stormont.

Speaking candidly about his frustrations, the First Minister said: “I get more and more frustrated by the slowness of the system, by the blocks that are put in the system...it has got much worse since Sinn Fein increased its presence in the Dail.

“There is no doubt that the Dublin Sinn Fein members are now ruling in Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland is regarded as subservient to the interests in the Dail.

“They are in opposition there and in government here. What they are wanting to do in opposition there, no sane person would do in government yet we have to either hold back from making changes or take crazy courses to stay in line with the ludicrous proposals that they have on the economy in the south.

“Look at some of the changes that have been taking place in terms of personnel around Sinn Fein in the Assembly and you’ll see Adams’ boys and girls coming in so that he has that level of control over what is going on.

“It is very disturbing and very difficult for us to get decisions taken.”

Mr Robinson said he believed the interests of Sinn Fein in the Republic were a key factor in Sinn Fein’s rejection of the DUP-Sinn Fein deal on welfare reform.

 

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