West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals


Published: 19 December, 2011

The conference is to be held in the Millennium Forum in Derry on Saturday 28th January between 1.30pm-4.30pm and follows on from other major regional conferences on the same theme held in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Newry over the last 12 months. As well as a range of prominent speakers, who will be announced in the New Year, the format of the conference will be such so as to facilitate maximum participation from all those attending.

Speaking ahead of the conference Pat Doherty said,

"The conferences held to date have been full house affairs and have provided people with the opportunity to engage, in a focussed way, on the vast array of political, social and economic issues relevant to creating a 'New Republic.' Speakers at the conferences have been from a diverse range of backgrounds including welcome contributions from within political unionism and from within the wider unionist community itself. Hopefully this participation from the unionist community will also be replicated at the Derry conference.

"As Irish republicans we believe that partition has been an unmitigated disaster for everyone on this island. Its damaging impact can be measured not just in terms of the decades of conflict in the north, but in the adverse economic affect it has had on every part of the island and nowhere more so than here in the north-west counties.

"Economically, Uniting Ireland makes sense. Already there are many within the business community who accept the logic of an all-Ireland economy and more and more people are accepting the irrationality of planning services and infrastructure on a partitioned basis in an island of only 6 million people with limited resources.

"The construction of a new national democracy on the island of Ireland, in which everyone has a full and equal stake, is something which can be achieved by working together and I would like to extend and open invite for people to come along, join in the debate and help to chart the next steps forward 'Towards a New Republic'. ENDS