11 February 2006

Best way to commemorate 90th anniversary of 1916 is to begin preparations for Irish re-unification

Sinn Féin

Published: 11 February, 2006

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP speaking to party activists from across Dublin this afternoon said the best way for the Irish government to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Rising is to begin preparations for Irish re-unification.

Mr. McGuinness said:

“The Irish government’s decision to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Rising is welcome. The 1916 Rising was for all the people of Ireland and we would like to see events take place not just in the capital city but in every county in Ireland. For our part, in marking this 90th anniversary, Sinn Féin will focus on the unfinished business of the men and women of 1916 – the need to end partition and to create a society that truly cherishes all the children of the nation equally. We will be leading the campaign to get the Irish government to mark the year by beginning preparations for Irish re-unification.”

Commenting on the beginning of talks to restore the political institutions Mr. McGuinness said:

“The next few months will be the most challenging and crucial since the Good Friday Agreement was signed. Political talks have finally begun and will continue this week and it is crucial that there is speedy progress. The DUP cannot be allowed to stall things any longer. The Irish and British governments need to make it clear to the DUP that they intend to get the institutions back up and running before the loyalist marching season begins in April. They need to make it clear that it is they who are in charge and not Ian Paisley.”ENDS

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