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New relationships in agreed Ireland should be Casement's legacy - Kearney

29 July, 2016 - by Declan Kearney


Sinn Féin MLA and National Chairperson Declan Kearney has said an inclusive national conversation is required to build new relationships and an agreed Ireland. 

Writing in his latest blog to mark the centenary of the execution of 1916 leader Roger Casement. Mr Kearney said; 

"The republican vision is of a society which is tolerant, pluralist, and multi-cultural, and celebrates the diversity of all our people regardless of religious persuasion, cultural identity, political affiliation, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.

"The Brexit decision has swept away all of the old assumptions. The British state as we have all come to know it, is in constitutional, institutional and political crisis.

"All of this poses huge challenges for Irish national interests. And yet a real potential has opened up to begin a new political and civic conversation about Ireland’s future in a post-Brexit context.

"Political partners, social partners, civic stakeholders, and popular community opinion should work together in a new, positive, national conversation about how to reimagine and redesign constitutional, political and economic arrangements which better serve Ireland’s needs.

"A moment has arrived to begin a considered conversation about Ireland’s future; to begin talking to each other about new relationships, and the compromises and arrangements upon which such a new future should be based.

"That is the legacy of Roger Casement in 2016."

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