Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams gives his first RTÉ television interview since the lapsing of the section 31 ban.
Section 31, the legislation forbidding radio and television interviews with Sinn Féin members, was repealed by Communications Minister Michael D Higgins and lapsed at midnight on 19 January 1994.
In his first RTÉ television interview since the broadcast ban on the party was lifted, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams speaks about his request for clarification on the Downing Street Declaration. This joint declaration on the future of Norther Ireland was signed by An Taoiseach Albert Reynolds and British Prime Minister John Major on 15 December 1993.
Gerry Adams sees three specific areas that require clarification and he insists that it is the right of Sinn Féin and the party's voters to see those clarifications. He believes all of the other parties who sought clarification have received it, bar Sinn Féin.
While they wait for clarification, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) campaign continues with the potential for further loss of life in the interim. Gerry Adams insists he would like to see an end to the IRA's campaign.
I want to see a demilitarisation and an end to armed actions by all the factions involved.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 20 January 1994. The reporter is David Davin-Power.