The route to a United Ireland - Adams
“The Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements have provided some improvement and have mapped out a progressive route for the future.
“The Government of Ireland Act is gone.
“The institutional elements of the Good Friday and St. Andrews Agreements have improved co-operation and infrastructure connections.
“In almost every facet of life co-operation has improved and people’s lives are better.
“But much remains to be done.
“Underlying Sinn Féin’s approach is our objective of a republic and the ethos and values that are its foundation.
“The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and all of its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally.
“A republic, a real one, is based on citizenship and citizens rights; the right to a job; to a home; to a decent standard of education and of health care.
“So, how do we translate this view into reality?
“By presenting clear proposals that make sense and demonstrate how uniting Ireland will work for citizens and make their lives better.
· A single currency
· Democratic control over Irish monetary and fiscal policies
· An equitable and progressive tax regime, including a common VAT regime, a harmonised income tax and corporation tax
· A fully integrated energy, transport and ICT infrastructure to support the growth of island-wide prosperity, based on the principles of environmental sustainability, universal access and quality service
· All-Ireland regulation of public and private sector business to ensure protection of the economic interests of the people of Ireland
· All-Ireland enterprise agencies and economic planning to build a competitive and sustainable economy.” ENDS