New united Ireland will only come from dialogue, agreement and democracy – McDonald
Speaking today Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD said:
“Easter weekend will see republicans gather to remember the patriot dead and look towards the new and united Ireland.
“In 1998 the vast majority of citizens voted for the Good Friday Agreement, for rights and equality, for power-sharing and for a peaceful and democratic way forward.
“There are some that opposed the Good Friday Agreement. They have sought to undermine the peace process, the agreements and to drag Ireland back to conflict.
“They have attacked the peace process and the people for over twenty one years. They have failed and they will not succeed.
“In the latest of their outrages they killed a young journalist and activist Lyra McKee.
“Their actions serve no cause and their continued existence only bring hardship, injury and death. The war is over, the future is in the hands of all who share this island.
“A new and united Ireland will not come from conflict, but by dialogue, agreement and democracy.
“It is time for these gangs, masquerading as republicans to end their futile actions and let the community get on with building a future of all the people.
“Now is the time for political leaders and the community to stand in defence of our agreements, to stand for power-sharing and rights.
“That is the only fitting tribute we can pay to Lyra.”