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Sinn Fein Cast Doubt on Chances of N.Irish Dea

Sinn Fein, the political ally of the IRA, cast doubt Saturday on whether a deal to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland could be struck with its arch foes, led by firebrand cleric Ian Paisley, at talks next week.Party leader Gerry Adams hinted the Irish Republican Army (IRA) could be prepared to meet its opponents’ demand it disarms and disbands, but only if a comprehensive package to salvage the 1998 Good Friday accord can be forged at a summit in England. “If there is a comprehensive agreement arising from these talks, republicans will not be found wanting,” Adams said in an interview with BBC Radio. Thursday the prime ministers of Britain and Ireland will join Northern Ireland’s political leaders for three days of talks at Leeds Castle, in southern England, billed as a last chance to revive the U.S.-brokered Good Friday Agreement.Full Story

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