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Gerry Adams says he'll talk with dissidents

Northern IrelandBy Jamie McDowell
Gerry Adams TD
Gerry Adams TD

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has said he's willing to talk to dissident republicans.

His message comes after Feile an Phobail staff were targeted in the run up to this year's festival.

His message comes as Sinn Fein election posters were placed on a republican bonfire in Derry before it was set alight on Monday night..

Adams also accused dissidents of defacing posters of the hungers strikers and throwing pipe bombs.

The TD for Louth asked for dissident groups to "bring forward their spokespersons" in order to open a line of dialogue.

In the run up to the West Belfast Festival, dissident groups reportedly handed out leaflets containing the names of festival organisers. 

Protesters also put posters up on the offices of Feile and picketed outside.

Adams said: "It's hooliganism; it's vandalism.

"Of course, there are more serious aspects. They have killed a number of people as well."

He added: "If we can help in any way to assist those who want out, as opposed to those who are engaged in criminality, then we have a duty to do that.

"We need to be continuing to reach out to those who are alienated, who are not part of efforts to build a progressive society."