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Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams 'not naive' about challenges facing parties amid talks

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams says he is not "naive" about the challenges facing the parties amid talks over restoring devolution but that a solution must be found.

Northern Ireland has been without a devolved government at Stormont since the collapse of the Assembly in January.

Mr Adams was speaking in New York last night.

"In the past fortnight Sinn Fein’s leader in the north Michelle O’Neill has met with all the party leaders and the Irish and British governments," he said.

"For more than a week Sinn Féin and DUP leaderships have been engaged in intensive private dialogue to explore whether a basis for renewed negotiation exists.

"Despite the enormous challenges in trying to find a possible agreement we believe it is incumbent on us all to find a solution which brings about a serious step change in how the institutions must operate.

"Next week will see the commencement of formal inclusive negotiations between all of the parties and two governments. I am not naive about the challenges facing all of us but I am hopeful that we can end the current crisis and restore the political institutions on the basis of equality and respect. That is Sinn Féin’s objective and intent in the negotiations."

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