16 June 2018
Unionists need to embrace power-sharing - Michelle O'Neill
“Central to this debate is the essential process of reconciliation. Indeed, if we are to build a reconciled society collectively we need to be receptive to all voices and new ideas." - Michelle O'Neill
Brexit has highlighted the need for unionism need to embrace power and participate in the debate on the creation of a new Ireland.
That was the message from Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O'Neill at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis in Belfast's Waterfront Hall today.
Speaking during a live televised session of the Ard Fheis, the Sinn Féin Vice President said Brexit will have the same devastating impact on people from all backgrounds, unionist and nationalist.
“I have absolutely no doubt that there are many, many within the unionist community who look at Brexit with the same fear and trepidation as nationalists and republicans,” she said.
“I see no contradiction in declaring and delivering on our firm commitment to power sharing with unionism and a functioning Assembly while also initiating a mature and inclusive debate about new political arrangements which better serve all of us who share this island.
“Similarly, there is no contradiction in unionism working the existing constitutional arrangements while taking its rightful place in the conversation about what a New Ireland would look like," she added.
The Sinn Féin Deputy Leader said reconciliation is essential to the debate on a new Ireland.
“Central to this debate is the essential process of reconciliation. Indeed, if we are to build a reconciled society collectively we need to be receptive to all voices and new ideas.
“Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.Republicans must show example to others within and between our communities," she said.
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