Speaking during Leaders Questions in the Dáil this morning Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams raised the issue of truth recovery and reconciliation following the remarks of the north’s Attorney General John Larkin.
The Sinn Féin leader urged the Taoiseach to facilitate a ‘rational, mature and measured debate on this issue in the Dáil’.
Speaking after Leaders Questions Gerry Adams said:
“US diplomats Richard Haass and Meghan O Sullivan are currently conducting intensive and inclusive negotiations to deal with outstanding aspects of the Good Friday and other Agreements. These include the legacy issues arising from the conflict.
“Everyone who has an interest in building the peace knows that the past cannot be allowed to be an obstacle to building the future. So, there needs to be a measured and inclusive debate on all of the issues involved.
“Today the North’s Attorney General John Larkin has put forward his ideas on dealing with one aspect of the legacy of the past – the issue of prosecutions. He has expressed a view that there should be no prosecutions, inquests or inquiries for incidents before the Good Friday Agreement.
“Mr Larkin has also said that the current position favours non-state forces. That is not the case. We know that the British government is in breach of international agreements and commitments in respect of the Pat Finucane Inquiry and the Dublin and Monaghan bombs.
“To all intents and purposes there is an amnesty for the British state forces and their allies while thousands of republicans and innocent nationalists have served very lengthy prison sentences.
“Sinn Féin has proposed that there be an international, independent truth recovery process. Others have different ideas and that is fair enough, but we need to take this opportunity to move the process forward in a way that looks after the victims but also builds the future for the survivors.
Read the statement in full at the Sinn Féin Newsroom