Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

James Brokenshire not acceptable chairman for Stormont talks, says Gerry Adams

James Brokenshire not acceptable chairman for Stormont talks, says Gerry Adams

The DUP is set to prop up the Conservative Party in a new British Government, with Theresa May having failed to win a majority in last week's General Election.

"There are many things the parties have in common, but there are differences", he said.

Mr Brokenshire said: "It is important to distinguish what happens at Westminster and the votes that take place here, and devolution and the obligations and responsibilities that we hold fast to in relation to Northern Ireland".

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.

At this point, McCausland was interrupted and asked to clarify his statements, with the claim that "most people would call the DUP an intolerant party".

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She said: "Obviously they got is slightly wrong".

Before travelling to the French capital, Mrs May had been leading the talks with the DUP.

Major warned that although Northern Ireland was a long way from returning to the violence that killed 3,600 people, he believed the peace process remained fragile almost two decades after a USA -brokered 1998 peace agreement.

Arlene Foster, the leader of the DUP, flies to London today for discussions with Mrs May equipped with a list of demands that includes proposals that would punish the Irish republican party.

The DUP is openly homophobic, anti-gay marriage, anti-abortion and refutes climate change in favour of a pro-creationist standpoint.

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Apart from the potential threat to peace in Northern Ireland, some members of the opposition Labour Party have spoken out against giving the DUP a formal role in the new United Kingdom government because of its regressive social views, including its opposition to same-sex marriage.

Ultimately, the decision to collapse Stormont was taken by Sinn Fein in January, not by the DUP - although it was after the emergence of exceptional incompetence (in what became known as the "cash for ash" scandal) by a department under the control of the DUP.

The Secretary of State said the government remained "four square" behind the Good Friday accord.

Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams has said that any deal between the Conservative Party and the DUP is not in the best interests of the people of Ireland, particularly the North.

He also noted the absence of any nationalist voice in Westminster following the election.

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He told BBC Radio 4's World At One Programme: 'People regard the peace process which was very hard earned over very many years by a lot of people, people shouldn't regard it as a given, it isn't certain, it is under stress, it is fragile. I do think there is an opportunity to soften Brexit.

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