Gerry Adams summons Sinn Fein SDLP co-leader

Gerry Adams has summoned Kevin Drew, the Democratic leader of Belfast City Council, to Northern Ireland to discuss the city’s future, BBC News reports. To the surprise of many in Northern Ireland, Mr Adams and …

Gerry Adams has summoned Kevin Drew, the Democratic leader of Belfast City Council, to Northern Ireland to discuss the city’s future, BBC News reports.

To the surprise of many in Northern Ireland, Mr Adams and the Democratic Unionist Mayor of Belfast , Kevin Drew, have agreed to meet to discuss the future of Belfast City Council and the future of the NIO.

The pair issued a joint statement saying they want to agree a new way forward, but could not resolve any of the outstanding issues over infrastructure, housing, local governance and the welfare bill.

Mr Adams called on the DUP to make “concrete proposals” if they are not prepared to meet him in advance of his trip to Northern Ireland in January.

Mr Adams said he would leave his trusty pen on the table, promising there is no timetable for a deal.

Earlier the SDLP’s leader argued that the city – the object of devolution – needed an executive that operated in good faith to have any chance of bringing investment to the city.

[Two points left on Gerry Adams’ Belfast City Hall visit]

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