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Reconciliation and reaching out the priority in building agreed Ireland – O’Neill

24 March, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill

Speaking at today’s historic United Ireland Conference in London, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill MLA said that reconciliation and reaching out the hand to unionism must be the priority in building a new and agreed Ireland.

Michelle O’Neill said:

“Today’s conference on Irish Unity in London is a vital opportunity for us as republican leaders to engage and listen to broad public opinion in Britain on the ending of partition and the future relationship between Ireland and Britain.

“Our project for Irish Unity demands that we as a political movement face outwards.

“It is our task to listen to unionism. We must persuade those people, sectors and communities why it’s in their political and economic interests to share a United Ireland.

“Irish nationalism and unionism must reach a sustainable compromise through respectful dialogue, premised on anti-sectarianism and reconciliation.

She added,:

“This will move us to the point of exploring how we can accommodate each other’s aspirations in a manner that does not demand the surrender of the others’ cultural or traditional identity.

“In this regard, political unionism has a responsibility to engage with this discussion which does not have to be divisive or rancorous. 

“I believe that a new and agreed Ireland offers the best future for all the people of our island politically and economically and offers the best hope for future peace, stability and prosperity.” 

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