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Doherty - Sinn Féin Ten Point Plan for Irish Unity

12 November, 2003

Sinn Féin Vice President Pat Doherty MP speaking in Belfast today with party colleagues Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, Martin Ferris TD, Armagh Mayor Pat O' Rawe and Ard Chomhairle member Mary Lou McDonald said: "Sinn Féin has made significant progress in advancing the all-Ireland agenda. Today we are setting out our ten point plan for Irish Unity. All-Ireland approaches and institutions are now universally accepted, even by the DUP. That in itself is significant progress. Sinn Féin intends to build on this through our Ten Point Plan for Irish Unity."

Mr. Doherty said:

"No one can doubt that the all-Ireland political institutions exist because of the tenacity, determination and the substantial growth in support for Sinn Féin.

"Sinn Féin is now the third largest party on the island and the largest nationalist party in the north

"Our political strength, our political representation across the island, and our clear focus on Irish Unity secured the establishment of the All-Ireland Ministerial Council and the all-Ireland institutional architecture of the Good Friday Agreement

"We have a roadmap for Irish Unity and the Ten Point Plan we are setting out today will take the United Ireland agenda decisively forward after this election."ENDS

Sinn Féin 10 Point Plan for Irish Unity

Sinn Féin is setting the All-Ireland agenda and preparing for Irish Unity through:

  • A Green Paper for Irish Unity in the Dáil
  • Attendance in the Dáil for the 18 Westminster MPs
  • Northern representation in the Seanad
  • Votes for citizens in the six counties in Presidential elections
  • Building the work of the All-Ireland Ministerial Council
  • An All-Ireland Consultative Forum
  • An All-Ireland Charter of Rights
  • Integrated services and infrastructure along the border
  • Increased action, co-operation and harmonisation in Heath, Education and other key departments
  • Extension of the Irish passport scheme across the six counties

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