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Gerry Adams quotes
Let me be very clear, I am innocent of any involvement in any conspiracy to abduct, kill or bury Mrs. McConville. I've worked with others to have this injustice redressed.
Her espousal of old, draconian, militaristic policies prolonged the war and caused great suffering. She embraced censorship, collusion and the killing of citizens by covert operations.
There's nothing in it about jobs or incentives or stimulation of the economy and that is, as we see it, the only way to get out of a recession and to get people back to work.
What's needed is for people to come out on Friday and make a stand.
While there's always cause for concern, I think we can be confident that those of us who want change and peace and a united Ireland for that matter, peacefully and democratically, that we will prevail.
It's an attempt to subvert the peace process, it's an attempt to bring everybody back to conflict, to bring more British soldiers into the streets, to sideline politicians and we're not going to let that happen.
Just to make it clear, the people who carried out this attack don't have any support within the broad Republican family. And that Sinn Fein will go toe-to-toe to make sure there is no ambiguity in the fact this action should not have taken place.
Why on earth should any government or any political party campaign to remove this right? It baffles me.
People know that this election is going to decide the political landscape here perhaps for the next five or ten years. In my very strong view, and all of our candidates, and we have candidates in every single constituency, are giving us that the popular view is that the institutions should be in place and that all of the politicians should be working together for the sake of the people of this part of the island of Ireland.
This was administrative practice. It was part of a war of terror. It was part of the practice that was used for a very long time to defeat republicans and it failed.
I was very suspicious and some of us were very suspicious when the events of 2002 unfolded when we saw this hugely orchestrated operation up at Stormont.
I don't believe that. We had the possibility through a lot of hard work by Sinn Fein in December last year to make a huge leap forwards so we are where we are. This is a process. It does take time to get issues dealt with. Those unionists who have genuine fears about the IRA have now no reason to have those fears although, as I said, it will take a little bit of space for that to be absorbed.
National liberties and struggles can have different faces, there's a time to resist, to stand up and confront the enemy, by arms if necessary, in other words, unfortunately, there is a time for war. There is also a time to engage, to reach out, to put war behind us all, this is that time, this a time for peace.
There's now no possible excuse for the British and Irish governments to not fully and faithfully implement the Good Friday Agreement.
It is a disgrace that Republican heartlands are militarised with British Crown forces the way they are and we are going to put that to Hugh Orde to try and get a programme for accelerated demilitarisation underway.