Sinn Féin activists must observe highest standards to be persuaders for unity - Kearney
Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney MLA has said Sinn Féin activists need to observe the highest standards in order to persuade more people to Irish unity.
Speaking at the 2017 Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, Declan Kearney said:
"The period since our last Ard Fheis has been dramatic. Over half million Irish citizens now vote for Sinn Féin.
"During this same period, we embarked upon an extensive internal consultation with our membership.That included two national internal conferences and dozens of regional meetings.
"Collectively we have designed a plan to enable our strategic development, growth and leadership transition over the next ten years.
"We intend to be in government north and south; to secure and win a border poll; and advance towards Irish unity in that period.
"Sinn Féin’s membership has also massively increased.
"One important outcome from this modernisation process is the constitutional proposal being tabled this year for adoption, after six months of consultation across the Party.
"Our strategy is geared towards achieving national independence and an Ireland of equals. But the national liberation stage of our struggle is still incomplete.
"We need to persuade the greater number of our people that an agreed, united Ireland is in their interests. That means developing a political programme which attracts maximum popular support.
"One our most important decisions in recent years was adopting our Charter of Ethics. Not surprisingly, that was ignored during the latest media onslaught against the Party.
"It requires unconditional commitment from our members to treat everyone with respect, courtesy, dignity, and politeness, both within and outside Sinn Féin.
"We do not tolerate sectarian, racist, sexist or other discriminatory attitudes.
"Being a republican activist means observing the highest standards within the party and wider society.
"Our ten year plan is a road map for political power. So let’s face the same way towards the future, with a positive, collective resolve; and continue building the politics of transformation."