Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Bethan Jenkins

…de This is South Wales:

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams was in Swansea yesterday to address the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly.

Mr Adams, the first party leader to address the Assembly spoke at the Marriott Hotel about his vision of a shared, integrated Ireland.

He discussed with members his hopes that Ireland would have equal ownership and be culturally diverse with political, social and economic equality….

…In a question and answer session, South Wales West AM, Bethan Jenkins asked Mr Adams how he saw the role of the devolved governments working with the Northern Irish administration and his party in achieving that aim.

Her question came in response to Mr Adams saying that Welsh interests would be served by helping Ireland with reunification.

Mr Adams said the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly was the ideal place for people of all nations to work together to assist with the reunification of Ireland.

He said Wales was currently seeking a new Welsh Language Act, and Sinn Fein wanted an Irish Language Act but was facing difficulties in pressing ahead due to opposition by Unionists….

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