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Bairbre deBrún addresses Monaghan commemoration

23 March, 2008

Sinn Fein MEP Bairbre deBrún today spoke at the Easter commemoration in Monaghan. Ms deBrún said that Sinn Fein was the driving force in delivering for communities through the all-Ireland institutions.

Ms deBrún said:

“The formation of a power-sharing administration involving Sinn Féin and the largest party of unionism, the DUP, has been a momentous event and a massive undertaking for our party. This is not an easy task but a crucial one if we are to continue to make progress towards a new and agreed Ireland in which everyone can participate in decision-making and share in prosperity.

“Sinn Féin is delivering in government in the North, with Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley jointly heading up the Executive. Against the odds huge advances have been made.  There have been many positive changes but there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done.

“Next month will mark one year since that famous picture was broadcast around the world of the DUP and Sinn Féin meeting at Stormont leading shortly after to the restoration of the Assembly and Executive. For republicans the bigger prize from the events of last year was the openings they provided for the advancement of all-Ireland co-ordination and co-operation across a whole range of issues.

“The All Ireland Ministerial Council is meeting regularly with ministers, north and south working together and in our own party we have updated out structures to reflect the all Ireland agenda through an active 9 county Cúige Uladh.

“Tá Sinn Féin ag soláthar ionadaíocht éifeachtach in achan fhóram polaitiúil ins an oileán seo agus ag tabhairt aghaidh ar sheicteachas agus ar chiníochas.

“We also commend the excellent cross-border work being carried out by our Monaghan councillors.  The work carried on cross-border EU funding has set a shining example not only in terms of social and economic issues and the of the environment but also in demonstrating that local decision making and local empowerment can reach across political divides and build confidence and trust.

“Sinn Féin ministers in the Executive are at the forefront of a new era in Irish politics and those in local government and in community organisations are making this a reality for families and communities.

“We are leading a renewed campaign for Irish re-unification.  Party president Gerry Adams has announced the setting up of a major task force to drive forward the roadmap to Irish unity and this should be replicated in every county.  We need to organise and to build support for re-unification and this needs to be a truly national effort.” ENDS



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