The Chairman of Sinn Féin has said that the Republican leadership must do more to curb street violence in the North in order to convince Unionists of their commitment to the peace process.

Mitchel McLaughlin said that among the measures that Sinn Féin has initiated was bringing young Nationalists from Derry to the Short Strand area of East Belfast, to witness at first hand the difficulties faced by residents of a Nationalist enclave in a predominantly Loyalist area.

The Sinn Féin President, Gerry Adams, will travel to Dublin today for a meeting with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. The meeting is taking place following calls from Unionists to the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, to reprimand Sinn Féin over Republican violence.

Republicans have been accused by Unionists of initiating street clashes in Belfast in recent weeks and of continuing to breach the IRA ceasefire.