DUP MP Sammy Wilson hits back after Adams comments

Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams

DUP MP Sammy Wilson has hit back at comments made on Saturday by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, who claimed there is “widespread concern about the situation with the DUP”.

Speaking at a Dublin party conference, the Sinn Fein leader said it was “quite clear that the DUP does not appear to have the appetite for the challenge of dealing with the outstanding issues of flags, parades and the past in any serious way”.

He added that Sinn Fein made compromises during the Haass talks adding “unionist political leaders need to show a similar willingness”.

But Mr Wilson said it was “a bit rich for Gerry Adams to tell others they need to compromise on parades and the past whilst Sinn Fein continues to oppose peaceful parades”.

He said: “Gerry Adams lectures others about compromise yet there is no sign of him compromising on key issues. Gerry Adams continues to deny his role in the Troubles and has made no secret of his zero tolerance for Loyal Order parades.”

He added: “Words come cheap. It’s time he put his words into action and practiced what he preached. Where is the compromise from Sinn Fein?”