Sinn Féin challenges Irish government to begin preparations for Irish unity
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams speaking in Belfast at a press conference this morning where he was joined by leader of the Sinn Féin team in Leinster House Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, South Down Westminster candidate Caitríona Ruane MLA and North Down Westminster candidate Philip McGuigan MLA challenged the Irish government to begin the practical planning for Irish unity now.
Mr. Adams said:
"Sinn Féin is setting out our roadmap for Irish unity and launching a campaign to urge the Irish government to bring forward a Green Paper and to begin the practical planning for Irish unity now.
"Sinn Féin believes the Irish government has a responsibility to take the lead and bring forward a strategy to achieve national self-determination, Irish re-unification and national reconciliation. The Irish government must be persuaders for unity and implement steps for integration.
"The British Government also5;il I want to very briefly set out what we see as the responsibility of the Irish Government to take a lead in this project.
- We are urging the Taoiseach to commission a Green Paper on Irish Unity as the key starting point.
- All strands of opinion represented in the Oireachtas should be participants in this and that is why we want to see an All-Party Oireachtas Committee on Irish Unity established.
- We are proposing that a Minister of State should be appointed by the Irish Government with the dedicated and specific responsibility of driving forward and developing policy options and strategies to advance the outcomes of the Green Paper and to direct and coordinate the Government's all-Ireland policies.
- Participation by people resident in the North in the democratic life of the nation should be facilitated through Northern representation in the Houses of the Oireachwith us."ENDS