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Pearse Doherty's speech to Special Ard Fheis 2018

10 February, 2018 - by Pearse Doherty TD


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A chairde,

Today's gathering is a hugely important and historic chapter in the story of our party. 

Mar éireoidh ár gcara ‘is ár gcomrádaí Gerry Adams as Uachtaránacht Shinn Féin inniú.

With his long time comrade and friend Martin McGuinness - who so sadly and tragically was lost to us last year - Gerry has for four decades led from the front of the republican struggle.

Like Martin, Gerry is respected across Ireland and the world as a patriot, a statesman and a peacemaker.

 Gerry Adams stands head and shoulders above any other contemporary Irish political leader.

Ghlac sé ról lárnach i bpróiseas na síochána.

There would be no peace process but for the commitment and dedication of Gerry Adams.

Tá Sinn Féin níos laidre inniú ná nuair a bhí ag am ar bith o tharla críochdheighilt na tíre, a bhuíochas le ceannaireacht Gerry Adams.

Today, as he steps down as Uachtarán Shinn Féin, we wish him well and thank him for everything he has done for this struggle and for this country.

Go raibh maith agat a Ghearóid.

Comrades, for decades Sinn Féin has withstood everything that the British state could throw at it.

It has withstood the brutal assassinations of members, representatives and party workers.

It has withstood being outlawed, censored and vilified, North and South.

And, if the worst measures of two states could not defeat this party, nothing can!

We are proud that Sinn Féin was and is the voice of a risen people in the North.

A people who refused to be crushed in the darkest of days.

We are proud also that this party forged the path to peace in Ireland.

Tá Sinn Féin freagracht as an fheabhas atá tagtha ar chursaí ó thuaidh.

With the support of the people we have ensured that the Orange state is gone and that it's not coming back.

And with the support of the people we will ensure that the failed, two-and-a-half party system in this state will go also.

Tá fonn ar Shinn Féin a bheith i gcumhacht ó thuaidh agus ó dheas.

Ach ní theastaíonn cumhacht uainn beag bheann ar an phraghas atá le híoc.

We don't want to be part of the system.

We want to change the system.

Ní ghlacfaidh muidne pairt i rialtas muna bhfuil an rialtas sin bunaithe ar comhionannas, ar dearcadh poblachtánach, agus ceann atá tiomanta do shaol laethúil mhuntir na tíre a fheabhsú.

Some combination of Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil have ruled this state since Partition.

Rinne siad feall ar shaoránaigh i gcaitheamh na mblianta.

Between them they built a conservative, narrow-minded state with an economy designed to serve the interests of a wealthy, privileged minority.

Tá Éire ag athrú.

Today's Irish young people are more self-confident than any previous generation.

They are rejecting and casting off the failed attitudes and approaches of the past.

The  political landscape is changing.

Tá rogha ag saoránaigh anois, agus tá siad ag dul i dtreo Sinn Féin níos mó ná riamh.

This party represents the greatest challenge yet to those who have dominated politics here since the foundation of the state.

Our political opponents know this and they fear it.

That is why they, and their cheerleaders in the establishment media, attack us so regularly and with such venom.

Tuigeann siad go dtiocfaidh deireadh le pribhléid an uasaicme mar a éiríonn le Sinn Féin dul ó neart go neart.

Today, Sinn Féin enters a new era.

Amharcann muidne go muiníneacha ar na laethanta atá amach romhainn.

Today we take another step in development of our party.

We will formalise the generational leadership change that will take us to the next stage of political struggle.

A chairde, níl teorainn leis na féidireachtaí.

Tá spriocanna uaillmhianacha againn, ach thig linn iad a bhaint amach.

Sinn Féin aims to unite Ireland and the Irish people in peace and harmony.

Under the leadership of Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill we will seek to build a genuine republic with equality and social justice at its very core.

With their leadership and the support of the people we are going to transform Irish politics.

A Chairde, ná déanígí dearmad go bhfuil go leor daoine, thuaidh ‘is theas, ag brath orainn.

Tá dualgas stairiúil le comhlíonadh againn.

We are a party of nation builders.

We follow in the footsteps and heroes and heroines.

A united Ireland and a real republic is the only fitting monument to their struggle and their sacrifice.

And let me make clear that the republican leadership of 2018 is as determined to achieve the republic as were those who went before us.

Ar aghaidh linn go dtí an chéad chéim eile

So, let's go forward and do it.

Let's take the next step today.

Onwards and upwards.

"Beware. Beware the Risen People."

Comrades, Sinn Féin represents the risen people.

And we will deliver Irish Unity in our time!

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