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Make History in South Down – Gerry Adams

16 May, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD was in Newcastle this evening speaking at the campaign launch of Chris Hazzard.

Addressing a packed hall Gerry Adams said:

The March Assembly election was a mighty national effort and a huge result for our party all across the North. Sinn Féin won our biggest vote ever here – 224,245 votes.

In this historic constituency Sinn Féin won 19,083 votes in the Assembly election with Sinead Ennis and Chris Hazzard. That was a dramatic and significant increase. 

If we can get out the vote we received in the Assembly election south Down can make history. So, we need another mighty national effort to challenge the Tories and the DUP. 

This election was called to serve narrow right wing English Tory interests. Irish interests – of any kind – unionist or nationalist are of no concern to Theresa May. Her only interest is Brexit. Her only interest is British or English national interest. That’s the same interest being promoted by the DUP and the UUP. 

We know from talking to business leaders, trade unions, farmers and community groups that they are all concerned by Brexit. 

So, this election is an opportunity to put forward Sinn Féin’s alternative to the position of the Democratic Unionist and Ulster Unionist Parties who are ignoring the majority vote of the people of the North in last June’s referendum – their people – our people. 

June’s election provides an opportunity to take our republican vision; our message of hope in the future, of unity, reconciliation and peace out to the electorate. To raise again the right of citizens to equality and parity of esteem and to fundamental human rights.

Brexit threatens the prosperity of Newcastle and Newry and Warrenpoint and of the entire border region. South Down is a border constituency. A constituency that relies on the free movement of business, and people and goods.

We believe that the interests of citizens on this island requires that the North be designated a special status within the EU. In this way there will be no EU frontier on the island. 

The outcome of this election in the North will be closely monitored. It will send a clear message to Brussels and London. It will shape the talks to re-establish the Executive. It will be seen as another measure of support for unity.  

There are 22 days to voting. We have a lot to do in that time. On June 8th I believe we can make history in South Down and across the North.”

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