SF closer today than ever to achieving objectives
Speaking in Dublintoday on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Sinn Féin, the Party's President, Gerry Adams said he believed the objective of Irish unity and independence is as crusial now and more achievable in the time ahead than in any time in recent history. Mr. Adams made his comments at a meeting of the Party's Ard Chomhairlein Dublintoday.
Mr. Adams said, "The rapid growth of Sinn Féin, especially in the 26 Counties is testament to the fact that the conservative parties have failed to stem the desire for the establishment of a 32 County republic.
"Today as we mark our centenary year, Sinn Féin is looking forward to the future while remembering the past. And as we remember the sacrifices of previous generations of republicans and the sacrifices of this generation we are confident we can build on our successes and achieve our objectives.
"But Sinn Féin is not just about achieving a united and independent Ireland. We are about bringing about fundamental change in Irish society. We are about fulfilling the promise of the 1916 Proclamation to 'cherish all the Children of the nation equally'. We are about creating an Irelandof equals.
"Sinn Féin welcomes all those who wish to commemorate the founding of our Party. We welcome their recognition of Sinn Féin's central role over one hundred years in the politics of this island. But Fine Gael and the other establishment parties have a long way to go to live up to dreams and aspirations of those who came together 100 years ago tomorrow.
"Sinn Féin has no interest in the rhetoric of republicanism. Our task is to make republicanism relevant to the people of Irelandand to bring about a national republic on this island. On the eve of the founding of our party I look forward to the challenges which this presents to us all." ENDS