Speaking today in advance of tomorrows party meeting in Navan, Sinn Féin Vice President Mary Lou McDonald said:
“Tomorrow in Navan there will be meetings of the party Ard Chomhairle and also a wider meeting involving senior party activists from across Ireland.
“A key part of the day’s proceedings will be to formulate the party approach to the forthcoming referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. In addition to this activists will be briefed on the current state of play with regard to the institutions in the north and in particular efforts to ensure the speedy transfer of powers on policing and justice and other outstanding matters.
“We will also of course be assessing the current political situation in the 26 counties and in particular the impact of planned government cuts. We intend to lead a the campaign against this government and its policy of rewarding its cronies in the banks while at the same time penalising the most vulnerable and those ordinary working families up and down this state.
“So we intend to emerge from tomorrows gathering totally focused on the challenges ahead as we drive forward the agenda of political, social, economic and constitutional change on this island.” ENDS
Editors Note: Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, Vice President Mary Lou McDonald, Dail leader Caoimhghin O’Caolain and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness will be available to speak to the media in a break in the meetings at 3.30pm, in the Ard Boyne Hotel in Navan.