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We, as people who share the island of Ireland affirm, in common with the Irish
diaspora and friends of Ireland everywhere, our commitment to live in peace and
harmony with one another.
We welcome the progress made in the past decade and a half in building and
developing the Peace Process into a Political Process which has seen power
shared for the first time between unionists, nationalists, republicans and others.
The referendum on the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 in the 26 Counties
inserted in the Irish Constitution the affirmation that it is “the firm will of the Irish
nation, in harmony and friendship, to unite all the people who share the territory
of the island of Ireland…”
We endorse the Good Friday Agreement and the St. Andrew’s Agreement and we
urge the development of their full potential.
It is our firm belief that:
• The partition of Ireland, imposed 90 years ago through the Government of
Ireland Act 1920, led to decades of injustice, division and conflict.
• The continuing partition of Ireland creates avoidable division in our society
and in our economy, disrupts and distorts community, social and cultural life
as well as trade and commerce, and entails waste and duplication in public
• The full social, economic, cultural and political potential of the island of
Ireland and its people can best be realised in the context of an end to
• A national democracy in a United Ireland is the best guarantee of future
political stability, real reconciliation within Ireland and lasting peace between
Ireland and Britain.
We are resolved to:
• Work to end partition and to achieve Irish unity by wholly peaceful and
democratic means, through dialogue, debate and political action.
• Actively seek the support of people in the unionist community for such a
transformation, fully respecting the rights and welcoming the constructive
contribution of unionists both within the current political arrangements and in
the context of a future United Ireland.
• Promote the benefits of Irish Unity among people in Ireland, among the Irish
diaspora and among friends of Ireland internationally.
• Press the Irish Government to formulate and implement strategies, including
a Green Paper, to promote and achieve the democratic objectives of national
reconciliation and Irish Unity.
• Press the British Government to facilitate this process.
• Set in train the process of initiating referenda as provided for in the Good
We invite all who share these beliefs and this resolve to join with us
in working together for the unity of the island and the people of
* The above statement was adopted unanimously
by the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis (annual delegate
conference) on 5 March 2010.
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