23 April 2009 Edition
IRISH UNITY: Adams announces series of public meetings
Ireland’s future – A national conversation
DETAILS of 10 public meetings to be held across the North in the coming weeks as part of the Sinn Féin’s programme of promoting a ‘National Conversation for a United Ireland’ have been announced by Gerry Adams.
The public meetings will provide an opportunity for a discussion between the party leadership and the public on this key republican objective and on other matters of concern, including the current economic crisis.
The first public meeting will be in Galbally for south Tyrone and east Tyrone on Wednesday night, 22 April. It follows a series of public meetings and engagements across the 26 Counties and the announcement that Sinn Féin will host two major conferences in the USA this summer and a conference next year in Britain.
Gerry Adams said:
“In recent weeks, the Sinn Féin leadership has travelled the length and breadth of Ireland, holding a series of public meetings and engagements in Dublin, Cork, Longford, Westmeath, Clare, Ennis and Kerry. There have also been hugely successful Easter events rights across the island.
“Over the next few weeks, Sinn Féin will be holding public meetings throughout the North and two major conferences in the USA on 13 June in New York and on 27 June in San Francisco. This is part of our commitment to engage with people in Ireland and internationally about the future of Ireland and our commitment to a process of reconciliation and nation-building– a national conversation about the future direction of Ireland and achieving Irish reunification.
“Sinn Féin seeks to engage with people and particularly those who genuinely care about the future of Ireland and Irish unity.
“This is an important opportunity for people to speak directly to the Sinn Féin leadership about their hopes for the future and about how we can meet the political, economic and other challenges.
“Democracy requires the active participation of citizens and demands that political activists engage directly with local communities.
“Representatives of the Sinn Féin leadership, of the Sinn Féin Assembly and Executive teams, our Leinster House team, our European team and local government representatives will attend at all 10 public meetings.”
• TYRONE: 8pm Wednesday 22 April – Galbally Hall
• ANTRIM: 7.30pm Thursday 23 April – Leighinmohr House Hotel, Ballymena
• FERMANAGH: 7.30pm Friday 24 April – Clinton Centre, Enniskillen
• Belfast: 12 noon Sunday 26 April – St Mary’s
• ARMAGH: 7.30pm Wednesday 29 April – The Caledonian, Keady
• TYRONE: 7.30pm Thursday 30 April – Fir Trees Hotel, Strabane
• DOWN: 7.30pm Tuesday 5 May – Downpatrick Arts Centre
• DERRY: 7.30pm Wednesday 6 May – Gulladuff Centre
• DERRY: 7.30pm Thursday 7 May – Tower Hotel, Derry
• ARMAGH: 7.30pm Friday 8 May – Craigavon Civic Centre
The New York conference will be on Saturday 13 June and the US west coast conference will be on Saturday 27 June in San Francisco