Sinn Féin launch 'Text to Join'
The Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams, today launched the party's new 'Text to Join' initiative outside Sinn Fein's head office on the Falls Road in west Belfast.
Mr Adams was accompanied at the launch by north Belfast Councillors Tiarna Cunningham and Conor Maskey, east Belfast Sinn Fein representative Niall O'Donnghaile and by Lisburn councillor Charlene O' Hara who is the youngest councillor in Ireland.
Speaking at the launch, Mr Adams said:
''The 'Text to Join' initiative is a central part of a Sinn Fein drive to recruit new members the length and breadth of Ireland.
''Currently people can phone, 'walk in' to Sinn Fein offices or email to apply to join Sinn Fein.
''The email system, in recent times, has been the most successful method of recruiting new members to the party.
''We are always thinking about new and innovative methods to reach out to people and make it easier for republicans from all over the country to join the party.
''We recognise that almost everyone has a mobile phone so why not 'Text to Join'.
''The party has now set up a 5 digit number and people can text 'JOIN' followed by their name and address to 60060 and apply to 'Join by Text'.
''We believe that this new development will bring more people into Sinn Fein to join the struggle for a united Ireland.
''Moving with technology can only benefit the party.''
''Over the coming weeks and months, our party activists will be distributing thousands of business cards with the 'Text to Join' detail on them.
''We will also be putting up banners like the one you see hanging on the front of our offices here to advertise the details of this recruitment drive and to make people aware of our national and local websites where you can also apply to join Sinn Fein.
''So as they say in text language, 'y nt txt 2 jn?'
''Every one of us can play our own part and help bring about a united, equal and prosperous Ireland.'' ENDS