Irish Republican News · April 18, 2011
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Kenny meets Cameron

The 26-County Taoiseach Enda Kenny held his first bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London this afternoon.

At a press conference afterwards Mr Kenny said they had discussed "security threats in Northern Ireland", the visit by 'Queen of England' Elizabeth Windsor next month, as well as other areas of co-operation between the two states.

Mr Kenny said neither leader discussed cutting the interest rate on Britain's #3.25 billion bilateral loan to Dublim.

He claimed after the meeting the "vast majority of Irish people welcome very warmly" the royals' visit to Ireland.

"In respect of the significance of her visit, it's well thought out, it's very sensitive, and the fact that she intends to visit both the Garden of Remembrance (to those who died for Ireland) and the Islandbridge Memorial (to those who died after joining the British Army) speaks for itself in terms of history and tradition on both sides," Mr Kenny said.

The meeting with Mr Cameron came as part of a day-long visit to London.

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams TD had earlier urged Kenny to use the opportunity "bring a renewed focus and energy and priority to the Good Friday Agreement process" and to "insist that the outstanding elements of that Agreement will be implemented".

The Sinn Fein leader has also called for the Taoiseach to raise with the British Prime Minister the issue of the Dublin Monaghan bombings and the refusal thus far by the British to hand over vital information about who was responsible.

"We need an Irish government that is prepared to stand up to the British government and play a full and equal part in the implementation of the Good Friday and other Agreements," Mr Adams said.

"The Irish government is a co-equal partner in the Agreement. It has a responsibility to assert this in its discussions with the British and in Monday's discussions the Taoiseach must ensure that the implementation of those key elements of the Agreement not yet implemented are on the agenda.

"These should include the reintroduction of 50-50 recruitment to the PSNI; the creation of a North-South Parliamentary Forum; an Independent Consultative Forum; a Bill of Rights; and the introduction of an Irish Language Act, Acht na Gaeilge.

Mr Adams said the Dublin government "has a responsibility to demand all information currently held by the British on what was the worst attack of its kind in 30 years of conflict. The families have demanded the truth. The Taoiseach should defend and articulate their demand for truth."

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