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Negative influence of gate keepers in political unionism must be ended – Kearney

1 February, 2019 - by Declan Kearney


Writing in An Phoblacht today Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney MLA said that progressive efforts to tackle the  deep fault lines which maintain political and communal divisions in society are consistently frustrated by gate keepers within political unionism.

Declan Kearney said:

“Sinn Féin is the only party which has published policies on anti sectarianism and reconciliation; which has a pro active strategy of engagement; and, which creates public and private platforms to promote dialogue and progress.

"Now more than ever it is essential that we agree to unite upon the need to tackle the deep fault lines which maintain political and communal divisions in society.

“Yet, progressive efforts to do so are consistently frustrated by gate keepers within political unionism, and notable sections of civic unionism.

“These gate keepers politically and electorally profit, and maintain their dominance in society, from division and sectarian segregation.

“They discourage and intimidate others in civic unionism from challenging the negative thrall of their 'project fear’, which reduces equality, rights, anti sectarianism, reconciliation, and healing to zero sum concepts:

“The legacy of Lundy fuels their influence.

“None of this will deflect Sinn Féin from our commitment to building reconciliation and healing.

“However, tackling sectarianism and developing reconciliation is not a one-way street. Republicans cannot advance this work on our own.

“The gate keepers have worked out that logic. Their dominance now poses the greatest impediment to developing a reconciliation process. Their negative influence must be brought to an end.

“That can only be done when courageous citizens committed to a shared society, reject ‘project fear’ and the behaviour of the gate keepers.

“It is time for change champions within civic unionism to find their voices and speak truth to power.” 

Note to Editors: Declan Kearney's full blog can be read on the An Phoblacht website: https://www.anphoblacht.com/contents/27544

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