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1 December 2005 Edition

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Sovereignty still the issue - Ó Caoláin

Sinn Féin 100th anniversary - Party committed to building Ireland of Equals

In a statement marking the 100th anniversary of the day on which Sinn Féin was founded in Dublin on 28 November 1905, Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said that Irish sovereignty and independence is still the core issue in Irish politics.

He said: "One hundred years ago the founders of Sinn Féin began an epic journey towards Irish independence and the sovereignty of the Irish people. Many sacrificed their lives, their liberty and their livelihoods to achieve Irish freedom. We continue to be inspired by their example of selflessness.

"Sovereignty and independence are still core issues in Irish politics today. The continuation of partition denies Irish independence. It thwarts the potential for political, social and economic progress on this island.

The Good Friday A the needs of NATO and an increasingly militarised EU.

"Sinn Féin's Dáil team will continue to highlight these realities and to present our radical and relevant alternatives. In the months and years ahead we are determined to build and develop our party as a campaigning organisation in every city, town and townland throughout the 32 Counties. On this the 100th anniversary of Sinn Féin we re-commit ourselves to building a United Ireland of Equals.

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