Border poll is inevitable – Gerry Adams

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Saturday, March 10th, 2012
News, Politics

"Border poll is inevitable" - Gerry Adams

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has today responded to Secretary of State Owen Patterson’s refusal to hold a border poll. Speaking to the House of Commons on Wednesday, the Secretary of State said he had no intention of holding a poll and had received no calls to commission a vote.

In response, Sinn Fein’s Adams said that a border poll was inevitable, “The political landscape in the north has been transformed in recent years and there is growing support for a united Ireland. A border poll is inevitable. Mr Paterson knows this. It is only a matter of timing.”

He continued, “British Secretary of State Owen Paterson has dismissed the possibility of a border poll. He has also blocked an enquiry into the killing of Human Rights lawyer Pat Finucane despite this being part of an inter-governmental agreement at Weston Park. He is also blocking a Bill of Rights. And he has been less than helpful on other matters like the Irish language. And his imprisonment of Marion Price is entirely stupid and unjust.

In conclusion, the former Belfast West MP said, “But Mr Paterson would not be one the most adroit or skilful British secretaries of state to have been imposed on us. His remarks on the border poll have to be seen in this context.”


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