Northern Ireland

DUP MP Sammy Wilson says Gerry Adams compromise call 'a bit rich'

Sammy Wilson and Gerry Adams, pictured in 2013 during President Obama's visit to Belfast
Sammy Wilson and Gerry Adams, pictured in 2013 during President Obama's visit to Belfast

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams' call for unionists to compromise is "a bit rich", DUP MP Sammy Wilson has said.

Mr Adams had said he felt the DUP did not "have the appetite" to deal with flags, parades and the past.

Mr Wilson said "few are less qualified to call for compromise on the past".

"Rather than call for others to compromise, Gerry Adams should set an example and demonstrate tolerance of Loyal Order parades and tell the truth about his past," he said.

Further intensive talks about flags, parades and the past were announced earlier this month, although no dates have yet been confirmed.

Haass talks
Talks chaired by Meghan O'Sullivan (left) and Richard Haass (right) ended without agreement

Six months of talks on the issues broke up without agreement on New Year's Eve.

Proposals drawn up by former US diplomat Richard Haass and Harvard professor Meghan O'Sullivan secured broad support from Sinn Féin and the SDLP, but the DUP said more work was needed to reach consensus.

Mr Adams said on Saturday that Sinn Féin had made compromises during the talks, and "unionist political leaders need to show a similar willingness".

"Despite this, there does exist a window of opportunity to resolve the issues of flags, parades and the past," he said.

Mr Wilson said on Sunday: "The unionist community feel it's a bit rich for Gerry Adams to demand compromise whenever he refuses to give an inch on parading or the past.

"Words come cheap. It's time he put his words into action and practiced what he preached. Where is the compromise from Sinn Féin?"

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