Sinn Féin wants to be in Government North and South - David Cullinane TD
In opening the annual Sinn Féin Summer School in West Cork this evening Waterford TD David Cullinane said his party wants to be in Government North and South. He said Sinn Féin is in transition and is preparing a ten year plan to develop and build the party.
Speaking tonight Deputy Cullinane said:
"This weekends Summer School comes at a very important time in the party's history. We are in the process of developing a ten year strategy aimed at building and growing Sinn Féin and Republican politics.
"Sinn Féin wants to be in Government North and South. The party wants to see the restoration of the institutions in the North on a sustainable and genuine partnership basis. Sinn Féin has delivered on all of its commitments in terms of the Peace Process and collective agreements. The DUP and both Governments are in default on several issues. This needs to be resolved.
"In the South the party is providing credible and robust opposition. We want to be in Government to bring about transformative change. We will seek a mandate to lead a progressive and Republican Government after the next election.
"Following the election we will talk to all parties and groups who want to see a new, United and fair Ireland. I don’t believe the the health or housing crises will be solved without Sinn Féin in government. Therefore there is a responsibility on us to put our policies on the table and challenge parties who seek to maintain the status quo. The people deserve good Government and decent public services.
"After the next election in the South Sinn Féin will either be in Government delivering real change or in opposition holding another conservative Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael alliance to account."