Speaking at a meeting of Sinn Féin’s Six County cuige in County Tyrone, Sinn Fein Assembly member John O’Dowd said that nationalists and republicans have never been in a better or stronger political position since partition.
Mr O’Dowd said:
“At the weekend during a DUP conference Peter Robinson’s big idea was to secure the future of the Union was to arrogantly brand nationalists and republicans as unionists. In the same speech he claimed that the DUP were reaching out to the Catholic community. Tell that to the people of Carrick Hill, or Ardoyne where Nelson McCausland has sought to justify sectarian behaviour and unwanted anti-Catholic parades.
“The reality is of course that the reason Mr Robinson seeks at every turn to proclaim the security of the union is very simple. He knows that the political and demographic reality is that a united Ireland is inevitable. If political unionism is so confident of its position why the fear of a Border Poll? Why the fear of having to go out to the people and argue the merits of the unionist position in rational, logical, non-sectarian ways?
“In the next number of weeks the census figures will be published. I have no doubt that those figures will demonstrate very clearly the constitutional trajectory that we are set on. Nationalists and Republicans have never been in a better or stronger political position since partition.
“Unionists can only exercise power with our consent. Unionist majority rule is a never coming back. The physical border has been eroded. We have a sense of ourselves and are confident about building a new future based on equality and unity. It is not nationalists or republicans who seek to cling to outdated ideas or seek to arrogantly impose our vision on others. We are confident in the rationale behind our arguments and of the absolute logic of Irish reunification. “ ENDS