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Adams slams DUP for 'failing to show up' at vital Stormont talks

By Noel McAdam

Gerry Adams has accused the DUP of failing to turn up for three days of intensive talks to restore Stormont this week.

The Sinn Fein president said, at a meeting on Monday, the parties agreed they would meet from Wednesday onwards, but the DUP failed to show.

Speaking on RTE's Sean O'Rourke programme yesterday, Mr Adams said: "We met with DUP and agreed with them that we would clear our desks - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - and meet with the other parties also. The DUP didn't turn up. We need them in the room."

There was no immediate response from the DUP yesterday, but in Dublin party leader Arlene Foster, who was leading a delegation to meet new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, sounded an upbeat note ahead of talks at Stormont from next Monday.

"It takes two to tango and we're ready to dance," she told reporters.

But Mr Adams hit back: "The DUP know they are only going to be back into the institutions if Sinn Fein consent to them being back in the institutions."

There are indications of a round-table session - also including the SDLP, Ulster Unionists and Alliance - on Monday.

Meanwhile, following his meeting with Theresa May in London on Thursday, Mr Adams argued the Prime Minister was "detached" from what is going on on this side of the Irish Sea.

"She didn't respond in any intelligible way. There is a detachment from what is happening here," he said.

"She is a woman who is struggling to stay in power and is prepared to do a deal with the DUP to say in power."

He also warned against any "exaggeration" of the sway the DUP will have with the government on how the final details were being worked out on an arrangement that will see the party's 10 MPs vote to keep Mrs May in power.

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