Over the recent Easter commemorations to Irelands’ fallen patriots, Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein outlined the Sinn Fein strategic plan to achieve reunification. This is the broad stroke message to Sinn Fein activists, supporter and voters in both Ireland and abroad. It is certainly a message of engagement, reconciliation, fairness, discussion and debate. Have a read of it for yourself:
Strategic plan to achieve reunification
“This is Sinn Féin’s starting point – a belief in a new union – a cordial union of all the people of this island. Built through reconciliation. To achieve reunification will require the consent of a majority of people voting in referenda North and South.
To secure this Republicans need:
* To popularise reunification as viable, achievable and in the best interests of all and to build consensus for this.
* To encourage all non-unionist political parties and sections of civic society to become persuaders and actors for reunification.
* To convince a section of unionist opinion that their identity, self-interest and quality of life will be best served, secured and guaranteed in a united Ireland.
* To challenge those who would seek to maintain the status quo.
* To ensure the Irish Government act on the constitutional imperative of reunification.
* To encourage the British Government to become persuaders for
* To build on international political and practical support for reunification, drawing in particular on the support and influence of the diaspora.
“Ireland north and south is changing. We are an island people in transition. The north is particular has been transformed in recent years. In this state more and more people realise that we do not have a real republic,” Mr Adams said.
“Uniting Ireland makes economic sense. It will bring jobs, create prosperity and deliver a better standard of living for this and future generations. The people of Ireland need to plan responsibly for the future direction of politics on the island.
To do that we need a fully inclusive and rational debate.”