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Sunday 28 December 2014

Gerry Adams tells of his nights on the floor

Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams with a copy of the Hillsborough Castle agreement on power-sharing
Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams with a copy of the Hillsborough Castle agreement on power-sharing
DUP leader Peter Robinson (left) and Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness during a press conference after a deal was announced about Northern Ireland's power-sharing government.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown (left), DUP leader Peter Robinson (centre left), Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness (centre right) and Taoiseach Brian Cowen (right) during a press conference after a deal was announced about Northern Ireland's power-sharing government
Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams looks at a copy of the agreement after a deal was announced about Northern Ireland's power-sharing government at the press conference in Hillsborough
Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his Irish counterpart Brian Cowen at the roundtable session of the assembly to discuss the deal the DUP and Sinn Fein have agreed over the devolution of policing and justice powers from Westminster to Northern Ireland.
The First Minister's microphone before a press conference in Hillsborough, to announce a deal about Northern Ireland's power-sharing government.
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (far left) looks on as Prime Minister Gordon Brown (centre left), DUP leader Peter Robinson (centre right) and Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness (right) speak during a press conference after a deal was announced about Northern Ireland's power-sharing government.
Gerry Adams with his party colleagues as a deal in policing and justice has been done at Hillsborough Castle
A copy of the deal on the devolution of policing and justice powers which the DUP and Sinn Fein have agreed upon at Hillsborough Castle.

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has revealed he slept on the floor during the intensive talks at Hillsborough Castle over the devolution of policing and justice.

He claimed the talks were most successful when it was just his party negotiating with the DUP.

Writing on his blog Léargas, Mr Adams said the Sinn Fein teams negotiated for 120 hours last week but most of this time was “about keeping the NIO from messing things up, about neutralising unhelpful interventions from the governments, getting rid of pre-conditions and creating the space for positive discussions between ourselves and the DUP”.

He added: “No one should think that everything is going to be perfectly hunky dory from here on if the DUP sign up to this agreement. On the contrary, the process of change will continue to challenge everyone. It is also a journey. This week’s work has prepared the ground for the next phase.

“The deprivations of this last week and all the other inconveniences like sleeping on the floor, which accompany such negotiations, are a small price to pay.”

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