All parties who support Irish unity should work together to bring it about
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams speaking at the Easter Commemoration in Dublin this afternoon said: “I want to call on all of those parties who espouse the cause of Irish re-unification, to set aside our political differences and to find common cause, around an agreed programme, to achieve the historic goal of reunification and independence, and to win unionist support for this.”
Mr. Adams said:
“We are living in a time of hope and opportunity for republican ideals and objectives. Irish re-unification is no longer a far off dream but a work in progress. And that work must intensify now and in the time ahead. Republicans must re-popularise the ideals of 1916.
“Today, standing outside of the Dublin GPO, at the spot where the Proclamation was read and the spark was lit that brought an end to the British Empire, I call on all of those parties who espouse the cause of Irish re-unification, to set aside our political differences and to find common cause, around an agreed programme, to achieve the historic goal of reunification and independence, and to win unionist support for this.
“We need to especially engage with unionism about the benefits of unity and how we build a shared future based on respect for all traditions. We need to secure the practical backing of the Irish Diaspora that has been so important in the peace process. That support is there for the asking.
“The commitment from Sinn Féin is very clear cut. We will continue to press ahead in the battle of ideas, building support for Irish unity and identifying the practical preparations that are needed. We are about finishing the work of the 1916 Rising.”
The Sinn Féin President said that the party would be playing a leading role in seeking a No vote in the Lisbon Treaty referendum. He said:
“There is no doubt that Ireland’s place is in Europe, but that does not mean that we have to accept everything coming from the EU regardless of the consequences.
The Lisbon Treaty is a bad deal for Ireland. The Lisbon Treaty should be rejected. Ireland deserves better. EU leaders should be sent back to the drawing board and the three parties in government should be instructed to get a better deal for Ireland. Government Ministers should stop hiding, stop spinning, and come out and debate the facts. And the date for the referendum should be set – Now Bertie.”ENDS