Mary Lou McDonald addresses Sinn Féin election campaign launch
Sinn Féin Vice President Mary Lou was today joined by the party’s election candidates for the forthcoming Assembly poll at the formal launch of the Sinn Féin 2011 assembly election campaign.
Speaking at the event in the Waterfront Hall Mary Lou said:
“I would like to welcome people to this event – the formal launch of our Assembly election campaign.
Obviously nobody could have envisaged the terrible circumstances in which we find ourselves gathering today.
Once again we offer our condolences to the family of Ronan Kerr.
The fact we are here, launching an election campaign to all-Ireland and power
sharing institutions demonstrates in its own way the necessity to protect and defend the primacy Of politics and protect and defend the Peace Process and the Good Friday Agreement political institutions.
When we discussed over recent days whether or not to proceed with this launch we felt that it was vital that those responsible for Saturday’s murder could not be allowed to disrupt the political and democratic process.
As republicans gathering here this morning and appealing for support from the electorate for the democratic demand of Irish unity and Independence we are making an important stand.
Everyone of our Assembly candidates goes forward to the people on our platform of a peaceful roadmap to a united Ireland .Each one is making their contribution in standing up to those small unrepresentative groupings who seek to subvert Irish republicanism for their own narrow selfish ends.
Sinn Féin with the support of the people will never let this happen.
So the message from this launch is very clear. Sinn Féin will continue to defend the peace process. We will continue to defend the political process and we will continue to demonstrate that politics does work and will work in the months and years ahead.
The recent election results in the 26 counties demonstrated clearly an all-Ireland and united Ireland political strategy that is working and working well. There is a peaceful and democratic path to a united Ireland.
I wish all our candidates and their teams well in the coming weeks and I look forward along with the rest of the Leinster House team to joining with you in constituencies across the north in the coming weeks – because make no mistake about we are fighting this Assembly election as an all-Ireland team – the only all-Ireland team.” ENDS