United Ireland is achievable, affordable and deliverable - Gerry Kelly

7 March, 2015 - by Gerry Kelly

Tá cúpla bomaite agam labhairt ar Éirinn aontaithe. Is féidir linn ár mbun sprioc, Éiré Aontaithe a bhaint amach, Éire atá inachmhainne. 

I’ve three minutes and I want to talk about our goal of a United Ireland being achievable, affordable and deliverable.

 I believe in Irish Unity, the idea that we are too small, or too poor to govern ourselves as a nation is an insult

It is an insult to the intelligence, creativity and skill of every single person on this island

There is no miracle in a United Ireland. It isn’t a silver bullet. We have to prepare for it and that’s exactly what we have been doing.

We are in power in the Assembly in the North and we are the main opposition and only credible alternative to the present failed government in the South.

Irish politics is undergoing the biggest shake-up since Partition.

We are at the core of that change. This is about you. Your family. Your hopes. Your ambitions.

It's about taking your country's future into your hands.  Your opportunity to decide on our future

It is time as a nation we began to believe in ourselves.

If not us, then who?

If not now, then when?

It does not make sense to split an island nation of 6.4 million people into two separate competing economies

There is no question that as a nation we are stronger together than apart

Together as an island our economic output would be stronger

We would be better off economically, socially and politically

More importantly in a United Ireland we have the power to deliver hope over fear, opportunity over despair, we can carve out a new future together

Sinn Féin has called for a referendum on Irish Unity to be conducted in the next political term.

We are seeking an informed, reasoned and respectful dialogue.

This is about giving people of all shades of opinion a say in our future.

The question of Irish Unity is about a fundamental democratic choice for us all.

This is about securing the collective economic power to build a better Ireland

It is almost 100 years since the Easter rising

At this moment in history, Sinn Féin is the largest political party in Ireland.

We are not strong enough yet, but we are getting there. Tá muid ag dul i nirt an t-am ar fad.

The ability to achieve a new Ireland in which the vast majority of it’s citizens are better off sits here in this room.

Go out are get ready. Ar aghaidh linn.