Issue of 'Uniting Ireland' centre stage in Derry next week
Published: 18 January, 2012
Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty says that the issue of 'Uniting Ireland' will be centre stage at a major conference being organised by the party in Derry next week at which speakers will include Pearse Doherty TD, Ulster Unionist MLA Basil Mc Crea MLA, former Ulster Bank Chair George Quigley, former Donegal County Council Manager Michael Mc Loone, Martin Mc Guinness MP, and Human Rights and Equality campaigner Inez Mc Cormack and many more from public, community and civic society.
The conference themed 'Towards a New Republic' is being held in the Millennium Forum in the city on Saturday 28th January between 1.30pm-4.30pm and as well as key speakers the format will be such so as to facilitate maximum participation from people attending.
Speaking ahead of the conference Pat Doherty said,
"This conference follows on from other similar regional events held in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Newry in the last 12 months and will provide people from Tyrone, Derry and Donegal the opportunity to listen and debate on how we build a new national democracy based on equality and justice on the island of Ireland.
"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 fully 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