Sinn Fein’s party executive backs agreement

Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams

Sinn Fein’s party executive has agreed to ratify the political agreement reached at Stormont House last week.

The wide-ranging deal covered areas of justice, finances and culture.

Speaking following the meeting of the Ard Chomhairle on Monday, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said they “recognised that progress has been made in defending the most vulnerable against the Tory welfare and budget cuts”.

The Louth TD said: “They also recognised that progress has been made with regard to the issues of flags, the past and parading.

“The Ard Chomhairle accepted that there was more to do at a community, political and national level to resolve these matters.”

Mr Adams said there were concerns over the lack of a Bill of Rights, Irish language act and an inquiry into the killing of Pat Finucane.

He said Sinn Fein would continue to lobby the two governments, and added: “The recent talks demonstrated that, with the five main parties acting together, significant progress can be made to safeguard the most vulnerable and to rebuild the reputation of the political institutions.”