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Sinn Féin to host major Irish unity conference in London

18 February, 2010


Sinn Féin MP Martin McGuinness will be amongst the speakers at a major conference in London this weekend discussing Irish unity.

Speaking ahead of the event Mr McGuinness said;

“This Saturday I will be in London to address a conference Sinn Féin is hosting on the question of Irish unity. We believe it is important, in the context of the Good Friday Agreement that we begin to discuss and plan for a united Ireland. This is not a hollow ideological discussion. There are a number of identifiable trends leading to Irish unity within a meaningful timeframe. Ireland is too small for two separate administrations. Partition is costing communities across our island.


We believe that Irish unity, on the basis of equality, offers the best future for all the people of this island. But we want to listen to unionism about why they believe the union is the best option. Opening up a debate around these key issues is the way forward.
It is particularly important that people in Britain, and in particular the huge Irish Diaspora, are part of this discussion, in particular to influence British government policy.


The British government, as a signatory to the Good Friday Agreement, accepted that it is for the people of Ireland, north and south, to determine the island's future. The peaceful progressive realisation of Irish unity is the best way forward. Governments and all interested sections of society should consider and begin to plan for reunification.

 I look forward to the weekend’s debate and the contributions from a vast array of contributors.” CRÍOCH


NOTES TO EDITORS / PHOTODESKS: Initial speakers include:


Gerry Adams MP, President of Sinn Féin
| Martin Mcguinness MP | Diane Abbott MP | Jeremy Corbyn MP | David Adams, Irish Times columnist | John McDonnell MP | Prof Lord (Paul) Bew | Mick Burke, Socialist Economic Bulletin | Jarlath Burns, GAA | Jeremy Corbyn MP | Lord Alf Dubs | Mick Halpenny, SIPTU | Prof Mary Hickman | Prof Christine Kinealy, historian | Ken Livingstone | Patricia McKeown, Unison | Dr Kevin McNamara, Agreed Ireland Forum | Jon Myles | Andy Pollak, Centre for Cross Border Studies | Margaret Ward, author and historian | Cllr Salma Yaqoob | John Connolly, Chair, Council of Irish Counties Associations | Alex McDonald, Aisling Project | Michelle Gildernew MP | Pat Doherty MP | Conor Murphy MP | Jennie McShannon, Chief Executive Federation of Irish Societies | Conall McDevitt MLA, SDLP | Ronan Bennett, writer
and others to be announced


FOR MORE INFO VISIT: http://www.londonirishunityconference.org/index.html

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