Challenge now is to undo damage caused by Partition
Speaking at the annual Easter Tuesday commemoration at the Roddy McCorley
monument in Toomebridge, Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh & South Tyrone Michelle
Gildernew urged the Irish government to set about the task of undoing the
damage caused by partition.
Ms Gildernew said:
"On Sunday I was part of the first State commemoration of the 1916 Rising to take place for many years. This was a good thing. Over 100,000 people were on the streets of Dublin rededicating themselves to the principles and legacy of 1916 and the Proclamation.
"If 1916 teaches us anything, it is that British involvement in Irish affairs is wrong, it us undemocratic and its legacy continues to impact negatively on all citizens on this island.
"Over the next decade those politicians from other parties who attended the weekend events in Dublin will have ample opportunity to demonstrate whether they are genuinely committed to the ideals of 1916.
"The preparation for the centenary of the Rising must begin now. And I am not talking about organising a parade. I am talking about pro-actively pursuing the United Ireland agenda. I am talking about in a systematic way undoing the damage caused by partition. I am talking about building the sort
of society demanded by the men and women of 1916. To do anything else is a betrayal of 1916.
"Sinn Féin will play our part. We never stopped honouring the men and women of 1916 or trying to make their vision of an independent, sovereign state a reality. People are now going to be able to judge others for their contribution to the achievement of republican goals in the time ahead." ENDS