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5 October 2019

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‘Time to build a pan-Celtic political culture to defeat Toryism’ - Sinn Féin President tells Plaid Cymru conference

“Toryism is a political culture that has always been a clear and present threat to our well-being” the Sinn Féin leader told the crowd. We need a counter political culture; a pan-Celtic, anti-Tory political culture that respects each other’s sovereignty and right to nationhood.” – Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald today delivered a keynote address to party membership of Plaid Cymru at their annual party conference in Swansea.

McDonald called for a pan-Celtic political culture to defeat Toryism, and said that the futures of Ireland and Wales must be shaped by the hopes and aspirations of our peoples.

Not by Boris Johnson and his band of Eton elitists in London.

“Toryism is a political culture that has always been a clear and present threat to our well-being” the Sinn Féin leader told the crowd.

“We need a counter political culture; a pan-Celtic, anti-Tory political culture that respects each other’s sovereignty and right to nationhood.”

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Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald with Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price (Left) and party Deputy Leader Rhun ap Iorwerth in Dublin last year.

The Dublin Central native also used her speech to send a message to The British Prime Minister. “Boris, we will not allow you to vandalise our country, ruin our economy and destroy our peace. We will not allow you to bully Ireland. Those days are over”.

The historic first address by a Sinn Féin President at the Welsh conference comes as Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price pledged a Welsh independence referendum would happen “within the next decade.”

"The UK as we know it could cease to exist in a short few years", he said.

"Independence is imperative if we are to solve our problems as a nation."

Price, who took the lead of the party in September last year, promised he would make Wales "not just a great country to grow up in, but a decent place to grow old in".

Meanwhile in Edinburgh, thousands of people gathered to take part in a pro-Scottish independence march.

Support for Irish Unity, Welsh and Scottish independence has increased steadily as a no-deal Brexit seems more and more likely.

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