Francie Molloy in Glasgow to address Cairde na hÉireann [Scotland] AGM
Francie Molloy MP was in Glasgow today to address Cairde na hÉireann’s Annual General Meeting.Addressing the AGM, Mr Molloy said:
"Cairde na hÉireann does invaluable work in advancing the cause of Irish National self-determination within the diaspora community here in Scotland.
"I do not doubt that sometimes it must feel like you are ploughing a lonely furrow over here – but on behalf of Sinn Féin, may I commend you on your work – and reassure you that it does not go unrecognised back home."Mr Molloy said that Cairde provides a voice to the Irish community in Scotland, saying:
"The Irish community in Scotland has long been subject to sectarianism and anti-Irish racism. In this post-Brexit referendum climate – it is imperative that Cairde continues to stand resolute alongside the new immigrant communities now facing the brunt of right-wing hostility and discrimination."
Mr Molloy noted that next year will mark the 150th Anniversary of the birth of James Connolly.
"We look forward to working with yourselves in Cairde to appropriately commemorate this anniversary next year.
"Sinn Féin stands with Connolly when he observed that: “Ireland without her people is nothing to me”.
"That is why - as well as uniting the National territory – we work every day to unite the people of Ireland. Unity of our people must include our diaspora.
"We are the only political party which supports votes for the Irish abroad in Presidential, referendum, and Dáil elections."
"There is no short cut to a United Ireland. Rather - you have to take Ireland’s future into your own hands and work to deliver it every day. It’s about being an activist. Everybody has a part to play.
"As Bobby Sands said: “No part is too great or too small, no one is too old or too young to do something.” We commend Cairde and everyone gathered here today for playing your part."