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Adams in New York for Conference on Uniting Ireland

12 June, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP MLA is in New York for the first of two major conferences the party is holding on the theme of ‘Uniting Ireland’.

The East Coast conference takes place on Saturday June 13th and the west Coast conference is in San Francisco on June 27th.

Speaking in New York today Mr. Adams said:

‘The New York conference will provide representatives from scores of Irish American organisations along the east coast of the USA the opportunity to discuss how best the goal of achieving a United Ireland can be advanced and how Irish America can assist in that process.’

The Sinn Fein President said:

‘The Good Friday Agreement provides a legislative, peaceful and democratic route to achieve Irish reunification.

Sinn Fein’s responsibility, with others, is to work the agreement and to build on it in the future.

The primary political goal of Irish republicans – the objective which guides everything we do – is the achievement of Irish freedom and independence, an end to partition and the union with Britain, and the construction of a new national democracy – a new republic – on the island of Ireland, including reconciliation between nationalists and unionists – between orange and green.

The principles, goals and ethos of the United Ireland we seek are best summed up in the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic, the founding charter of modern Irish Republicanism: “We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible”; “The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty”; “equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens”; “cherishing all the children of the nation equally”.

The outworking of all our strategies and efforts must be the implementation of these great words, these great ideas, into effective policies which can change the lives of the people of the island of Ireland for the better.

This is the great unfinished and historic task of building a truly free Irish national democracy.

And this is the challenge which we are asking Irish Americans and the Irish diaspora across the world to join with us in achieving.

I believe we can succeed.’

Note to Editor:

Key speakers at the conference include author Pete Hamill, Professor Brendan O’Leary of the University of Pennsylvania, author and broadcaster Brian Keenan, and President of the Laborers International Union of North America Terence O’Sullivan.
Also participating in this conference are the Presidents of Irish American organisations including the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Irish Northern Aid, the Irish America Unity Conference, the Brehan Law Society and the United Irish Counties Association. All interested in the question of Irish Unity are being encouraged to participate.

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