Dialogue required on a new All Ireland Constitutional Democracy - Kearney
Speaking at the South Down Easter Rising commemoration in Castlewellan on Easter Sunday, Sinn Féin National Chairperson, Declan Kearney MLA, said:
"Republicans seek authentic reconciliation with unionism.
"A new phase of the peace process based upon reconciliation and healing must be our future.
"Sinn Féin looks beyond present recrimination towards reconciliation.
"Our project is to achieve an Ireland with rights, equality, fraternity and anti-sectarianism at its core.
"We aim to be in government both north and south.
"But we will only accept political institutions in the north which are based upon genuine power-sharing and parity of esteem.
"The most recent proposals to gerrymander electoral boundaries are an affront to democracy.
"We are equally opposed to British government proposed sops to the DUP in the form of renewed gerrymandering and establishing a 'shadow assembly’.
"If political unionism continues to oppose rights-based political institutions, the two governments must fully implement the Good Friday Agreement under the auspices of the Inter-Governmental Conference.”
Addressing republicans' willingness to explore new all Ireland constitutional models the South Antrim MLA also said:
"We want an agreed, united Ireland for the many, not the few.
"This Easter, Sinn Féin once again extends the hand of friendship to our unionist neighbours.
"The prospect of Brexit borders, shared economic and social challenges, and the needs of future generations, all represent common ground.
"Our party wants a dialogue about the need for a managed transition towards a pluralist
all-Ireland constitutional democracy.
"A new Ireland is not only possible, it is an imperative.
"Through dialogue we can agree the compromises and accommodations required to create a shared society, and guarantee equal rights and religious and civil liberties for all our citizens regardless of creed, culture, class or sexual orientation.”