Gerry Adams: Sinn Féin still wants a deal with DUP
SINN Féin is still "up for doing a deal" with the DUP to restore power-sharing, Gerry Adams has insisted.
The party's president denied suggestions it has lost interest in the devolved institutions as talks continue in a bid to resurrect the Stormont executive.
"Sinn Féin is fully committed to the power-sharing institutions and we are working to restore them," Mr Adams said.
"However, the lesson of recent years is clear. As Martin McGuinness reminded us, the political institutions can only work if they are based on equality, respect and integrity.
"Our opponents, including elements in the DUP, the Fianna Fáil leadership and others claim Sinn Féin is no longer interested in the assembly. They know this is a lie."
He continued: "So in order that there is no doubt, let me make it clear to everyone, including republican grassroots – our leadership is up for doing a deal with the DUP and the other parties, and of moving back into the executive on that basis."
Mr Adams made the comments at an event in Ballymurphy in west Belfast to commemorate hunger strikers.
A series of talks between the main parties aimed at restoring the devolved institutions at Stormont have so far been unsuccessful.
Sinn Féin has said there can be no return to government without a stand-alone Irish language act and a commitment from the DUP to allow the introduction of same-sex marriage.
Deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald said yesterday that unionism and the British government "must honour previous agreements" and "seek to resolve the issues of the past and not refight them".
Speaking at a commemoration for IRA members in Strabane, she said: "The value of the institutions lies in their ability to deliver in manner and terms agreed since 1998. That is the Sinn Féin objective in the current talks. Citizens expect no less."