[Sinn Fein]

21 February 1998

IRA Cessation intact - Adams

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP speaking this morning after last nights bomb attack in Moira, County Down said:

``Before Sinn Fein was expelled from the talks we warned that there would be groups or individuals from within a wide spectrum who would do their best to keep us out. They range from across the British securocrat community through loyalism and unionism to republican militarists.

In my view the IRA cessation remains intact. I regret last nights bombing and call for an end to all armed actions. I am relieved that no one was seriously injured.

Jeffrey Donaldson's impulse to blame the IRA, in a qualified way, must be seen in the context of the UUPs tactical approach to negotiations. But everyone should try to avoid kneejerking.

If this critical period is to be managed unionist leaders cannot avoid their responsibility as part of the shared need to rebuild the credibility of the talks process.

Note to Editor:

Due to the seriousness of the current situation Mr Adams has cancelled plans to travel to the United States next week.

The Sinn Fein President will be speaking at a 1798 commemoration tomorrow Sunday in Enniscorthy, County Wexford. He will be available to speak to the media at Murphy Floods Hotel in Enniscorthy at 12 noon.

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