Sinn Féin Ard Fheis will promote alternative to incompetent government
Sinn Féin Vice President Mary Lou McDonald today launched the Clár (agenda) for the party’s annual Ard Fheis which takes place on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th March 2010.
Speaking at the launch this morning Ms. McDonald said the theme of this year’s Ard Fheis will be Jobs, Fairness, Equality and Unity and would promote a realistic political alternative to the current incompetent government which is now lurching from crisis to political crisis.
McDonald also announced that Sinn Féin intends to bring the annual party conference to the various regions in subsequent years to allow for even greater participation by the party membership and wider support base. The Ard Fheis will move to Belfast next year and Munster in 2012.
Mary Lou McDonald said:
“The theme for this year’s Ard Fheis is Jobs, Fairness, Equality and Unity. Over the Course of the weekend Sinn Féin will be putting forward radical and realistic proposals designed to take the Irish economy out of recession. We will be putting forward proposals to create jobs for the unemployed and to develop the all Ireland economy.
“We will also discuss the recent breakthrough at Hillsborough Castle on the transfer of policing and justice powers from Britain to the North of Ireland, review progress towards the full implementation of the Good Friday and St Andrews Agreements and debate Sinn Féin strategy for building a united Ireland.
“The Ard Comhairle will also seek endorsement for a new set of proposals aimed at modernising the model of Sinn Féin membership which has been brought forward by a party committee headed up Senator Pearse Doherty.
“The Ard Fheis will hear from a number of invited speakers over the weekend including international guests. The Saturday afternoon session of Ard Fheis will be addressed by SIPTU General President Jack O’Connor.
“As a result of a motion passed last year the Ard Fheis will take place in various regions of the country over the next few years. This will allow for even greater participation by the party membership and wider support base. The Ard Fheis will move to Belfast next year and the province of Munster in 2012.
“This Ard Fheis will see a radical and relevant republican party put forward well researched and credible proposals to tackle the major issues facing this country North and South.
“The present government is now lurching from crisis to political crisis. It is our contention that they should go now. Our Ard Fheis will be all about promoting a realistic political alternative.” ENDS