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22 September 2005 Edition

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Adams and Ferris in historic Castlerea Jail visit

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP was in Castlerea Jail, County Roscommon for the first time this week where, in an historic development he met with the republican prisoners there. Adams was accompanied by Sinn Féin's North Kerry TD Martin Ferris.

Adams and Ferris met with the eight republican prisoners in the jail on Tuesday 20 September and updated them on developments in the Peace Process.

Following the visit Gerry Adams said: "Today myself and Martin Ferris met with the eight republican prisoners in Castlerea Jail. We updated them on developments in the Peace Process since the IRA made its historic announcement. We told them that we were confident that the IRA was going to keep to all of its commitments in the July statement.

"With the ending of the IRA's armed campaign new opportunities to advance the Peace Process have opened up. But there are also a number of outstanding issues to be dealt with including the ongoing detention of a small number of IRA prisoners. Sinn Féin is committed to securing their release."

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