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Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams refused entry to the White House

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams was refused entrance to a St Patrick's Day reception at the White House last night

SINN Féin leader Gerry Adams was dramatically refused entrance to the White House last night for the Irish community's annual St Patrick's reception.

In a statement Mr Adams said that the incident was an “unacceptable development,” as he had “countless meetings in the White House with successive US Presidents” over the past 20 years.

"It is obvious that there remain some within the US administration who seek to treat Sinn Fein differently,” he said

“This morning Martin McGuinness, Mary Lou McDonald and I met with the Congressional Friends of Ireland. They too shared our grave disappointment at the White House situation and expressed their determination to have this issue resolved.”

"Sinn Fein will not sit at the back of the bus for anyone. We are elected to represent citizens and we will do this"

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is thought to have entered the function unhindered.

In his remarks to guests, President Obama noted it was his final St Patrick's Day.

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