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3 March, 2012 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams today addressed his party’s national youth conference in Dublin. During the course of his speech Deputy Adams said Fianna Fáil’s support for a treaty which gives away sovereignty and undermines equality runs contrary to the essence of Irish republicanism.

Deputy Adams said:

“Sinn Féin is an Irish republican party. Another party which proclaims itself republican is meeting in its Ard Fheis this weekend.

“I have no doubt that many of its activists are republican and nationally minded.

“I have no doubt that many of voters want to see a united Ireland. But its leadership has to go beyond the rhetoric.

“It’s no good wrapping the green flag around you and then doing nothing to advance a new republic on this island.

“The essence of Irish republicanism – our republican core values – is Equality, Freedom and Social Solidarity and national independence and sovereignty.

“Supporting a Treaty which gives away that sovereignty and endorses policies that undermine equality and social solidarity runs contrary to that.”

Teachta Adams said:

“Sinn Féin is an Irish republican party. We are the only all-Ireland party and are committed to ending partition and creating a new republic based on the 1916 Proclamation.

“We have a proud republican tradition and our core values are rooted in the tradition of the United Irish Society and of those since then who have pursued the struggle for freedom and an end to colonialism.

“The 1916 Proclamation is a freedom charter. It guarantees religious and civil liberty and is avowedly anti-sectarian. It promotes equal rights and equal opportunities for all citizens.

“The Proclamation is a declaration of social and economic intent for a rights based society in which the people are sovereign. The historic mission of modern day Irish republicans is to make the core values of the proclamation relevant to Ireland and Irish people today and to make Irish republicanism relevant in the everyday lives of the people of this island.

“Sinn Féin believes in self-determination and independence and sovereignty.

“Irish republicans have a vision of a new society, a new Ireland, that is democratic, inclusive and based on equality.

“We want to see that type of society shaped on this island. We want a society and economy that are run democratically and in the interests of all citizens.

“A society which shares its wealth more equitably, seeks the well being of the aged, the advancement of our young, the liberation of women, and the protection of children, and will deliver the highest standards of services and protections for all citizens.

“The mark of any republic is that the people are sovereign and that they have rights and entitlements as well as responsibilities as citizens.

“These rights include the right to a job; to a home; to a decent standard of education and of health care; the right to live in a safe environment; to equality in the Irish language; to participate fully in the democratic process and to civil and religious liberties.

“The essence of our view – of our republican core values – is Equality, Freedom and Social Solidarity, national independence and sovereignty.”


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