Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams adressing the Irish Unity conference
Border Poll-bring it on
Máire Devine attended the Uniting Ireland Conference yesterday in Dublin. Around 1000 people from all across the island came together to commence a campaign to turn this into a reality.While the majority of attendees were Sinn Fein members others were ordinary republicans there to get involved and seek direction in kick starting this long treasured historic objective.
The Good Friday Agreement, an international accord deposited with the United Nations 15yrs ago, underlines the legitimacy of seeking a United Ireland;
“that it is for the people of Ireland alone, by agreement between the two parts respectively to exercise their right of self-determination on the basis of consent, freely and concurrently given, North and South, to bring about a United Ireland, accepting that this right must be achieved and exercised with and subject to the agreement and consent of a majority of the people of Northern Ireland”.
Councillor Maire Devine at the Sinn Fein Irish Unity conference
Both the UK and Irish governments are obliged to abide by it. It provides for a poll on Irish unity and the Sec of State may call a border poll in the North if at any time it appears likely to him that a majority of those voting would express a wish that Northern Ireland should cease to be part of the United Kingdom and form part of a united Ireland
Our key deliberations focussed on building alliances with all who are progressive, here and abroad, to promote Irish unity. The British and Irish Governments have no intention to call a border poll but we are looking to secure a referendum for the next term of the Assembly – 2015 and the Oireachtas – 2016. Putting it mildly – There is lots to do! No Pressure !
We all need to commence this debate and have input as to the future shape/direction of this island. The 26 Counties – rotten with corruption and depleted by emigration. The 6 Counties – recovering from decades of conflict and sectarianism. All these have shaped a divided land and consciousness that is detrimental to the Irish people.
For many Unionists this seems an anathema to their core values of the Union. We will listen to and engage with Unionists and they must be reassured that their best interests lie within a new united Republic. That they too are respected, included and have a major role in shaping our new shared Ireland that is owned by its people.
To others it will be a costly burden as UK subvention is what keeps 6 counties alive.
We have done the maths-this is deeply flawed thinking. Sinn Fein’s numerous requests to the UK’s Department of Finance eventually gave us revenue costings. In short the costed revenue is 4.8b, that is less than 5 times the cost that the British would have us all believe. This does not take into account the amount of revenue out of the north – this was not disclosed.
The interests of people of the 6 counties have and will always play second fiddle to British interests. It was never “as British as Finchley”
Where we are today;
The political geography in the North has seen dramatic changes since the days of gerrymandering and oppressive unionist control. The demography is in significant transition. Recent census reveal the majority view themselves as being Irish or Northen Irish. This is where we begin.
The next step is a border poll.
Wide consultation with economists, businesses, trade unionists, diaspora, civic organisations, communities, parishes, and all other groups that support the progression of an equal country.
We need to be bold, creative and imaginative in finding our way to our future, a future that respects all our uniqueness, values, and aspirations.
A Cordial Union of Ireland.
26 plus 6 = 32
You Ready? Lets Begin.