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Kearney welcomes launch of Trade Unionists for a New and United Ireland

26 February, 2019 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney MLA has today welcomed the launch of the 'Trade Unionists for a New and United Ireland' initiative.

Commenting after attending the Belfast launch of the initiative in the Linenhall Library, the Sinn Féin spokesperson on Workers Rights said:

"In October 2018 I spoke at an event organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions where I made a direct appeal to the Labour movement to engage in the discussion on Irish Unity and to put it's mark on this debate.

"In the intervening months, the focus on reunification  has intensified with more and more citizens engaging in conversations about future constitutional change in our country.

"At the end of January this year, 1500 citizens packed the Waterfront Hall to engage in a conversation about the future of Ireland beyond Brexit.

"That was another clear indication of the dynamic which now underpins the Irish unity debate.

"It is crucial that any future constitutional change is influenced and shaped by the people, and that equality, social justice and citizens rights are at its core.

"An opportunity is now opening up to reshape Ireland and Irish society for this and future generations.

"The Labour movement in Ireland should be central to that process by asserting workers, citizens and democratic rights.

"The Irish Congress of Trade Unions should bring the full weight of its resources and influence to this debate.

"The Labour movement will only successfully put its mark on the Irish unity debate by asserting the primacy of economic democracy, and a rights-based society in a new Ireland.

“That will require Irish trade unionists to take strategic positions on supporting calls for an Irish unity referendum, and then to campaign positively for constitutional change.

“The Irish Labour movement should immediately set about introducing a progressive Labour agenda to the Irish unity debate, and to the  unfolding discourse on future constitutional and political change. Labour should not wait.”

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