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Do SDLP Proposals Mark Shift From Post Nationalism?

21 March, 2005

Commenting on the launch today by the SDLP of a document on Irish Unity Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin said that the apparent shift by the SDLP from the politics of post nationalism to the politics of Irish Unity was welcome.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"The Sinn Féin demand for Irish Independence and Unity has always been up front and clear. The same cannot be said of the SDLP. During a recent election campaign the SDLP told us that we now lived in a post nationalist situation and the demand for Irish unity was no longer a realistic goal. Sinn Féin rejected this notion at the time and continue to do so.

"If today's launch by the SDLP is a genuine shift away from the folly of their post nationalist position onto the ground of Irish unity then that would obviously be a welcome move and comes a month after Sinn Féin published detailed proposals and launched a campaign for the Irish government to bring forward a Green Paper on Irish Unity.

"I also note that the Irish Minister Dermot Ahern has chosen to associate himself with these proposals. I would make the case that the campaign to achieve Irish unity would be far better advanced if he directed his energies and those of the Irish government into publishing at the earliest opportunity a Green Paper on Irish Unity which could then enjoy the support of the vast majority of people on the island who wish to see national re-unification." ENDS

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