Gerry Adams: Tories and DUP a 'coalition for chaos'

Claudine Rigal
Juin 26, 2017

"The Taoiseach is right to express concerns about any deal between the DUP and the Tory party".

If "every crisis is an opportunity in disguise" only one real victor emerged from last week's elections, the DUP. Like Sinn Fein, they have also had links with paramilitary organisations.

During his time in office, Major helped to start the process that eventually led to the end of violence and a finely balanced local assembly in Belfast - where power is shared between the mainly Protestant unionist community, which celebrates its British heritage, and the mainly Catholic nationalist community, which identifies as Irish. He told her that any deal with the DUP must be made without jeopardising the Good Friday Agreement. Among other things, they funded a wrap-around advert in the Metro magazine - which is not distributed in Northern Ireland - costing £250,000.

The Assembly election campaign exposed many divisions between the two main parties on issues such as legislative protections for Irish language speakers and how to deal with the legacy of the Troubles.

In yesterday's cabinet reshuffle, James Brokenshire was re-selected as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. But this has to be applied across the divide or not at all, otherwise agreement with republicans and nationalists will be immeasurably more hard than it already is.

Now the British and Irish Governments act as non-partisan mediators between Sinn Féin, the DUP and all parties within the Northern Ireland Assembly.

It's hard to tell so far how much influence the DUP will have on the United Kingdom government or even how long the agreement will last before the government calls another general election.

He added: "The Irish Government remains fully committed to ensuring that the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements are upheld and implemented in full".

The deal between Conservative Party and the DUP, expected to be finalised on Wednesday or Thursday this week, is a blatant breach of that promise.

"We are today calling on the next UK Government to commit, particularly in the absence of functioning devolution, to prioritise bringing Northern Ireland's abortion laws in line with worldwide human rights standards". Despite supporting Brexit, the DUP wants - and to maintain domestic political credibility must have - a soft border. When it comes to Europe, there is one glimmer of hope.

If this deal involves large sums of cash for Northern Ireland, the Treasury ought to be very clear about how the money is spent and who is accountable.

A Tory-DUP pact is also a partnership that brings into mainstream British politics a party which is opposed to societal ideals widely held by the British public - such as rights for the LGBT community and on abortion and environmental values around climate change. The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) who supported Remain lost all seats in the general election.

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