Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has urged Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to stand-up for the entire island of Ireland in his first meeting with British Prime Minister in London today.

Speaking from Belfast this morning, Teachta Adams said; “There are talks today in Belfast, London and Brussels that are crucial to Ireland's future.

“During the Fine Gael leadership contest, the Taoiseach expressed his support for special arrangements for the North of Ireland in response to Brexit.

“He also acknowledged the importance of the vote of the people in the North to remain part of the European Union.

“The Brexit negotiations between the European Union and Britain get underway in Brussels this morning, so this meeting in London presents the new Taoiseach with the ideal opportunity to follow-through on his previous statements by standing up for all the people of the island of Ireland.

“The Taoiseach must strongly make the case for the North to be designated special status with the European Union.

“Such an arrangement is the best way of meeting the whole gamut of challenges posed to Ireland from by Brexit.

“He must also tell the British Prime Minister that her government cannot drag the North of Ireland out of the European Union against the democratically expressed wishes of the people.”

Speaking in relation to today’s talks at Stormont to re-establish the political institutions in the North, Mr Adams continued; “This process could be sorted today if firm time-framed commitments to implement existing agreements were given.

“The issues causing this impasse are not Sinn Féin issues. They are DUP issues, British government issues, and they are Irish government issues.

“The Taoiseach should remind Theresa May of her government’s obligation to uphold the Good Friday Agreement, subsequent agreements and to protect the political process in the North.

“Both governments are parties to the agreements. They are co-guarantors.

“They should work to ensure that they are implemented in full with respect and dignity for all.”

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