Unity will be celebration of equality, prosperity, and social justice – McDonald
Speaking this evening at the MacGill Summer School, Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald TD said that “relationships need to change within the north and between the north and the south” as “Brexit is coming, change is coming” and that “all of us who want to see a prosperous, peaceful and united Ireland free from division and inequality need to stand together.”
The Dublin Central TD said:
“On the night of the 11th of July, effigies of Martin McGuinness were burnt on unionist bonfires. Unionist leaders were silent. Posters of Sinn Féin and SDLP Assembly members were all set alight as were those from the Alliance party. These are representatives elected by unionists’ neighbours and fellow citizens.
“We need to call out these actions for what they are. This is not colourful pageantry; it is the ugliest side of sectarianism. It is a hate crime, and it sucks the hope of future generations.
“Unionism tells us they want to share power with nationalists and republicans yet are complicit with this naked sectarianism. We are at a fork in the road. Choices need to be made.
“This status quo is not my vision for the future. This is not as good as it gets. We can do better.
“Relationships need to change within the north and between the north and the south.
“We live in a shared society. One that demands respect not only as a demand for one’s own tradition but as importantly to be extended to others.
“We are a small island. United we are stronger. Our diversity is our strength. There is no place for dogma and dominance. Partition was a carnival of reaction. Unity will be celebration of equality, prosperity, and social justice.
“Brexit is coming, change is coming. All of us who want to see a prosperous, peaceful and united Ireland free from division and inequality need to stand together.”