Sectarianism the elephant in the room – Kearney
Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney will take part in a panel discussion at 7pmin the Duncairn Centre tomorrow (1st November) entitled ‘Sectarianism, the Elephant in the Room’.
The South Antrim MLA said:
“Sinn Féin is fully committed to tackling and eradicating sectarianism from Irish society, regardless of the source.
“In recent weeks we have seen Catholic families expelled from their homes in Cantrell Close, East Belfast by the UVF.
“The collective condemnation of this incident by all main parties was a very positive demonstration of united leadership.
“The sectarianism, which perpetrates such actions is endemic in our society, and is a blight on the societal and political landscapes of the North of Ireland.
“Sectarianism is the antithesis of Irish Republicanism.
“Our party unequivocally supports the principle of the Good Friday Agreement, which promised to citizens ‘the right to live free from sectarian harassment’.
“It is time that public representatives and political leaders set the example and give decisive leadership against the language or actions, which offend against the identity of anyone in this society. That is why the collective condemnation by parties of the Cantrell Close threats is so important.“Sinn Féin believes anti-sectarianism measures and initiatives must be embraced by the institutions and mechanisms of government at both Executive and local authority levels.
“We need a popular community campaign to eradicate sectarianism in all its forms, and to isolate and fearlessly shun those extremists who continue to fuel and feed off sectarian hatred.
“It is time for us all to Stand Up Against Sectarianism #SUAS.”