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Adams: Treaty runs 'contrary' to essence of Irish republicanism

The Sinn Féin leader addressed the Republican Youth Conference earlier today.

File photo of Gerry Adams
File photo of Gerry Adams
Image: Photocall Ireland

GERRY ADAMS HAS said that Fianna Fáil’s support for the EU fiscal compact treaty “runs contrary to the essence of Irish republicanism”.

Speaking to Sinn Féin’s national youth conference in Dublin earlier today, Adams criticised Fianna Fáil for backing a treaty which his party says “gives away sovereignty and undermines equality”.

His remarks come as Fianna Fáil holds its Ard Fhéis this weekend. Commenting on the party’s membership, he said:

I have no doubt that many of its activists are republican and nationally minded. I have no doubt that many of voters want to see a uniting Ireland.  But its leadership has to go beyond the rhetoric.

He called for more to be done to “advance” a new republic on this island, stating it is “no good wrapping the green flag around you and then doing nothing”.

Addressing the Republican Youth Conference at Ballybough Community Centre, Sinn Féin’s leader emphasises his party’s Republican stance.

We are the only all-Ireland party and are committed to ending partition and creating a new republic based on the 1916 Proclamation.

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