Belfast Telegraph

Tory courtship is bound to end in tears: Adams

By Noel McAdam

Any alliance between the DUP and Conservatives will fail, Gerry Adams has insisted.

Questions were being raised yesterday over whether a Secretary of State chairing talks was acceptable while his or her party was linked to the DUP.

James Brokenshire, who is expected to return in the new Cabinet, has been strongly criticised by republicans as talks chair.

But Sinn Fein's Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill said republicans will attend talks on Monday to restore devolution despite misgivings over negotiations between the Tories and DUP. She said: "Sinn Fein is entering the talks to re-establish an Executive that delivers for all and for the full implementation of the agreements. We need parties acting together to secure special designated status within the EU for the North."

Mr Adams was scornful of a "confidence and supply" deal, where the DUP decides on a case-by-case basis whether to back the Tories, saying: "Alliances between Ulster unionism and British unionism have always ended in tears. It is far better to look to our own place, to all of the people here, to deal with the people of this island, this part of the island as one community."

Sinn Fein captured an extra three seats at the expense of the SDLP's Mark Durkan and Margaret Ritchie in Foyle and South Down, and The UUP's Tom Elliott in Fermanagh-South Tyrone.

"This was another watershed election," Mrs O'Neill said. "For the first time since the foundation of the state the unionist vote was less than 50% in a Westminster election.

"Nationalist opinion is looking to leadership at home and across Ireland, not Britain. The current issue of a hung British Parliament is transitory. It is no surprise that the DUP have sided with the Tories.

"Experience shows that unionists have minimal influence on any British Government, be that on Major, Thatcher or Theresa May.

"They have achieved little propping up Tory Governments in the past, and put their own interests before those of the people."

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