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We can no longer afford a divided Ireland – Carthy

6 March, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP


Speaking tonight at the Sinn Féin Ard Fhéis in Derry, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy has stated that there is a clear alternative to partition and that the division of our Island does not make economic sense.

Carthy said:

“There are some who argue that we cannot afford a United Ireland.

“The reality is that we can no longer afford a dived Ireland.

“Partition does not make economic sense.

“The poverty and inequality that is a scar on our nation, the instability in economic growth, the flow of our brightest and best out of Ireland – these are not recent illustrations of injustice.

“These are but a few examples of the how both British and Irish governments have failed Ireland for generation after generation.

“The Westminster system of government and the Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Labour systems of government have all had their chance - and they failed.

“They tell us Irish Unity can’t be done. It wouldn’t work.  So they tell us it makes sense for my home town of Carrickmacross to share a currency with Latvia but it is ludicrous to suggest that it would do so with Cullaville 6 miles away.

“They argue that it makes financial sense to have two health systems, two taxation regimes, two sets of every public service running back to make on an island of 6.5 million people.  And, they tried to call us economic illiterates.

“There is an alternative to partition.

“The alternative is to take all of Ireland’s future into Ireland’s hands.

“To stand against the tides of recession, the austerity of London, the austerity of Dublin and the reactionary policies of our opponents

“Irish unity can deliver a successful, fair and equal Ireland and Sinn Féin can deliver Irish unity.”ENDS

See Full Text of Mr Carthy’s Speech below:

There are some who argue that we cannot afford a United Ireland.

The reality is that we can no longer afford a dived Ireland.

Partition does not make economic sense.

Sinn Féin is positive about the future of this country, this island.

Ireland should be reunited so that we can provide the necessary economic and social advances that the people who live here deserve.

To secure a better future for our families, for our communities, for our nation.

An Ireland with a stable economy that works for the many and not just the few;

That delivers the wealth we need to support the strong public services we value;

That’s the Ireland we all want to be.

The poverty and inequality that is a scar on our nation, the instability in economic growth, the flow of our brightest and best out of Ireland – these are not recent illustrations of injustice.

These are but a few examples of the how both British and Irish governments have failed Ireland for generation after generation.

The Westminster system of government and the Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Labour systems of government have all had their chance - and they failed.

It is no accident that those who have been most associated with failed policies are those most opposed to even discussing Irish Unity and what a United Ireland could look like. 

They tell us Irish Unity can’t be done. It wouldn’t work.  So they tell us it makes sense for my home town of Carrickmacross to share a currency with Latvia but it is ludicrous to suggest that it would do so with Cullaville 6 miles away.

They argue that it makes financial sense to have two health systems, two taxation regimes, two sets of every public service running back to make on an island of 6.5 million people.  And, they tried to call us economic illiterates.

There is an alternative to partition.

The alternative is to take all of Ireland’s future into Ireland’s hands.

To have faith in ourselves and our abilities.

To be in charge of our own destiny.

To stand against the tides of recession, the austerity of London, the austerity of Dublin and the reactionary policies of our opponents

Irish unity can deliver a successful, fair and equal Ireland.  And, Sinn Féin can deliver Irish unity.

But, only if we convince the Irish people – that work must continue – and it must be central to everything we do.  Beirigí Bua.

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