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DUP hits out at Sinn Fein claims of a crisis

By Adrian Rutherford

The political process is facing its gravest crisis since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, Gerry Adams has warned.

The Sinn Fein president claimed circumstances have created the most serious threat to our political institutions in years.

Mr Adams criticised what he termed an anti-Agreement axis within unionism and hit out at Westminster's attempts to impose welfare cuts here.

But his comments were rejected by DUP MP David Simpson, who said: "Adams protests too much."

He wrote: "An anti-Good Friday Agreement axis within unionism, the pro-unionist stance of the British Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers, Downing Street's refusal to honour its obligations and its efforts to impose cuts in the welfare system have combined to create the most serious threat to the political institutions in the North in recent years."

However, Mr Simpson said: "According to Gerry Adams our budgetary problems are every other party's fault but not Sinn Fein's.

"He knows that Sinn Fein is hurting the vulnerable as a result of the welfare reform penalties."

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