Kelly urges voters to back equality and change
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has appealed to voters in North Belfast to vote for equality and change in the upcoming Westminster elections.
Speaking at the launch of Sinn Féin 1916 centenary programme in Clifton House this morning, the North Belfast Westminster candidate said;
"The Proclamation read out on the steps of the GPO in Dublin was a charter for freedom and equality. It remains as relevant today as it was then almost 100 years ago.
"In Belfast we take great pride in claiming, among others, James Connolly who lived and worked in Belfast and Winnie Carney who was born and bred in the north of the city. These two comrades stood shoulder to shoulder, not just in the middle of battle in the GPO but were life-long republicans and socialists who put the working man and woman first.
"North Belfast has often been described as a microcosm of the conflict. It suffered more casualties and fatalities than any other constituency.
"Time moves on and we are well into a post conflict situation. Demographics have changed. The Nationalist potential vote has moved marginally past the Unionist vote for the firsttime since partition. That is why the DUP went for a Unionist pact with other unionists in this constituency.
"For the first time in generations we have the opportunity to have a Nationalist elected as MP.
“The SDLP has refused point-blank to discuss an alignment of Nationalists to maximise that progressive political strength. So I am appealing above the heads of the SDLP leadership to the voters to come out and vote for equality, to vote for power sharing, to vote for change.
“Sinn Fein can bring that change about as we have repeatedly demonstrated over the years.”