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Adams: Unity in Unionist interests

Unionists in Northern Ireland need to be persuaded that Irish reunification is in their interests, Gerry Adams has said.

He said unionists and republican ministers in Stormont had worked together to combat cuts imposed from London.

And the Sinn Fein president told his party's ard fheis in Kerry that Irish unity made economic sense.

He also repeated a political attack on Secretary of State Owen Paterson, criticising his record in office and recommending he "do us all a favour and go back to England where he belongs".

Mr Adams said: "Sinn Fein wants to demonstrate to unionists that a united Ireland is also in their interests.

"A United Ireland makes sense.

"A single Island economy makes sense.

"It does not make sense on an island this size and with a population of six million, to have two states, two bureaucracies, two sets of government departments, and two sets of agencies competing for inward investment.

"Harmonising our systems will save money, improve efficiency and create jobs. A new, agreed united Ireland will emerge through a genuine process of national reconciliation. "

He added: "The political institutions in the North need to move to the next stage - the transfer of fiscal power to the Assembly and Executive. The continuing exercise of fiscal power by the British Treasury will lead to more cuts in the block grant and more right wing welfare policies being imposed on us."

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