19th January 1999
No Camp Unionists Routed
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP, responding to the vote in the assembly yesterday said: ``The vote confirms what Sinn Fein has been saying for months. Mr. Trimble's position within his party, the assembly and amongst the unionist people is secure.''
Mr. Adams said:
``Yesterday's overwhelming vote by the pro-agreement parties confirms what Sinn Fein has been saying since last May's referendum. Mr. Trimble's position within his party, within the assembly and amongst the unionist people is secure. He should take strength from yesterday's result and build on it. The only way to undermine those who are trying to wreck the Good Friday Agreement is by taking on their arguments and defeating them. Yesterday the anti-agreement lobby were effectively routed by the pro-agreement parties.
``This is a significant set-back for those opposed to change. This is the first time since the referendum result that the UUP has stood up against the NO camp. Mr. Trimble should take strength from yesterday and plot a positive course which will see the immediate setting up of the Executive and all-Ireland Council following the 15th February determination.''
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