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Republican SF rejects Adams' offer of talks on policing

Published 19/01/2007

Republican Sinn Fein has rejected Gerry Adams' offer to meet dissident republicans in an effort to explain his support for endorsing the PSNI.

Mr Adams made the offer yesterday amid growing disquiet among the republican community about Sinn Fein's imminent moves to support the Northern police service.

He said he wanted to meet dissidents, including representatives of the Real IRA and Continuity IRA, to explain why he believed the Sinn Fein peace strategy was the best way to achieve a united Ireland.

However, Republican Sinn Fein president Ruairi O'Bradaigh has accused Mr Adams of only making the invitation due to concern about recent resignations from Sinn Fein in protest at the policing move.

Mr O'Bradaigh says RSF's guiding principles were once shared by Mr Adams, until he decided to accept British institutions in Northern Ireland.

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