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Ferris addresses inaugural An Phoblacht Autumn School

25 September, 2010 - by Martin Ferris TD


Speaking at the inaugural An Phoblacht Autumn School in West Cork today Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris said there must be a radical rethink on the way in which the economy is structured.

Deputy Ferris said Republicans must change the nature of the economy and to concentrate on indigenous sustainable long term development rather than the sort of property and financial based speculation that has landed us in the mess we are in today.

He also thanked Cork Hurling Goalkeeper for what he described as a very interesting and thought provoking contribution to today’s event.

He said:

“It is an honour to speak at this the inaugural An Phoblacht Autumn School and I hope that it becomes an annual event where republicans and others can debate issues of importance.

“It is important from a republican point of view to use it as a means to assess future strategy and also to engage with other schools of thought.

“We need to put republicanism back into the forefront of ideas in this country as it was at other times in history.

“United Irishmen, Young Irelanders, the Fenians, the IRB and republican socialists were all at the cutting edge of ideas in Ireland at their time and many of the leading writers, artists and thinkers came from or were stimulated by the revolutionary movement

“Peace process has opened a space where republicanism is no longer censored to the same degree and it is to be welcomed that people who do not agree with republican politics are prepared to engage with us.

“That has indeed been a key factor in the north as part of the republican engagement with the Unionist community, which echoes what happened in the 1790s with the United Irishmen.

“An important aspect of this weekend has also been the debate on economics and above all perhaps it is important that not only do republicans have a viable strategy to get us out of the current crisis but that we are part of an overall radical rethink on the way in which the economy is structured.

“We not only need to find short term solutions but also to change the nature of the economy and to concentrate on indigenous sustainable long term development rather than the sort of property and financial based speculation that has landed us in the mess we are in today.

“Finally, I would like to thank Donal Óg Cusack for what was a very interesting and thought provoking contribution to today’s event.” ENDS

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