Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD left for the USA today for several days of meetings with political leaders and Irish America.
On Tuesday, he will attend a Memorial Mass in Washington for Martin McGuinness. He will also meet with the Congressional Friends of Ireland group and State Department to update them on the recent negotiations and the situation arising from Brexit.
Gerry Adams said:
“The Congressional Friends of Ireland Committee has been a good friend to Ireland and to the peace process going back over two decades.
“My meetings this week will allow me the opportunity to update Irish America, the State Department, and Capitol Hill on recent developments in the political process, the failure to reach agreement at the start of this month, and the widely held concerns across the island about the damaging consequences of Brexit.
“These have been heightened in recent days following a week of confusing Brexit negotiations between the EU and the British government which suggest that the Tories are ill-prepared for Brexit, have no clear plan, and have little concern about the impact of a hard economic border on the island of Ireland.
“I will also tell Irish America and Congressional leaders that Sinn Féin is totally committed to the restoration of the political institutions but that this can only be achieved on the basis of equality and respect, and the implementation of outstanding commitments arising from the Good Friday and subsequent Agreements.”