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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 July, 2005, 11:39 GMT 12:39 UK
Discussions ahead of 'IRA move'
Gerry Adams (right) and Martin McGuinness
The Sinn Fein leadership had meetings with governments
The Sinn Fein leadership has met the British and Irish governments in the last 24 hours, it has been confirmed.

Irish premier Bertie Ahern held talks in Dublin on Monday with a senior party delegation.

The meeting followed UK Prime Minister Tony Blair having a private meeting in Downing Street with Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.

The talks came amid expectation that the IRA may make a statement on its future later this week.

Meanwhile, new UUP leader Sir Reg Empey has said the unionist community is "almost bored stiff" with statements from the IRA.

Sir Reg Empey and UUP delegation met Tony Blair at Downing Street
At the moment what they say is going to be very secondary to what they do
Sir Reg Empey

He was speaking on Monday after holding his first meeting with Mr Blair since taking over as leader of the UUP.

"The only thing that is going to matter is what the republican movement actually do," Sir Reg said.

"Are they once and for all prepared to commit themselves and give the undertakings that should have been given and held to many years ago?"

The Ulster Unionist leader said everyone in Northern Ireland knew that republicans were "up to their neck" in criminal activity.

He said if that is ended then "we begin to go into territory that is new and different and fresh".

"But at the moment what they say is going to be very secondary to what they do," Sir Reg said.




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