Momentum towards Irish unity is unstoppable - Mary Lou McDonald
Sinn Féin National Chairperson and MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald, will this evening deliver the keynote speech at a public meeting in Portlaoise on Irish unity. In advance of the event Ms McDonald called for "a broad coalition of politicians, NGO's and the general public to embrace the politics of Irish unity" and to "begin practical planning for the re-unification of Ireland".
This evening's public meeting is entitled "Building for a United Ireland" and will take place at the Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise at 8.30pm.
Speaking in advance of the meeting Ms McDonald said:
"In this the one hundredth anniversary of Sinn Féin, our message and radical agenda is more important and popular than ever before. Tonight's event represents an important engagement with local communities on how we practically build for Irish unity.
"Sinn Féin has 2 MEPs, 5 TDs, 5 MPs and 234 Councillors across Ireland making us the third largest party on the island. We are ideally placed to continue to positively impact upon local, national and international politics. We are calling upon other Republican minded people to help build a broad coalition of politicians, NGO's and the general public to embrace the politics of Irish unity.
"All of us have a stake in this. The politics of partition have failed this island politically, socially and economically. The Irish Government has a responsibility to be advocates for Irish reunification and the practical planning for re-unification should begin now. The Taoiseach should commission a Green Paper on Irish unity. It is necessary and indeed prudent for the Irish people to engage in dialogue on the shape and form such a re-united Ireland would take.
"Sinn Féin has also been campaigning vigorously for Westminster MPs elected in the north, to be accorded membership of the Dail with consultative and speaking rights. Northern representatives should be able to play a full and constructive role in all-Ireland politics." ENDS