Sinn Fein is good for business, Adams reassures America
Gerry Adams has insisted Sinn Fein is "good for business" despite concerns about the party's economic policies by their multimillion dollar US backers.
Speaking before the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis, Mr Adams said his party "enjoys the support" of the Irish diaspora in the US, and insisted this funding was fully scrutinised and transparent.
Asked about reports that his US backers raised concerns about the party's economic policies, Mr Adams said: "We are very good for business, we are pro-business."
"We can't be getting support from US businesses on the one hand and then be bad for business on the other.
"That's an oxymoron if you don't mind me saying so," he added.
Mr Adams (right) refused to say whether he would vote in favour of motion at the Ard Fheis which will seek to legislate for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has said she will support the motion.
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said politicians had a responsibility to show compassion to people who have gone through traumatic experiences.
Mr McGuinness said he met Sarah Ewart, who had sought an abortion when she was carrying twins with fatal foetal abnormalities.
"It was one of the most heartbreaking meetings," he said. "That represents a real challenge to all of us - to be compassionate and to recognise that where people have gone through traumatic experiences in their lives political parties have duty and responsibility to deal with those situations."