In both the North and South of Ireland, we see the growth of republicanism; the growth of progressive social attitudes among the rising generation; the increase in cross border economics and commerce; and a fragmentation of unionism in the north and ‘civil war’ politics in the south.
Sinn Féin activists are facing up to the prospect of republican led governments, north and south.
Sinn Féin have now replaced the DUP as the largest party in local government. Its electoral victory will accelerate political progress in Ireland, north and south.
The Framework represents the defeat of the anti-Protocol campaign. It restates the essential core of the Protocol’s outlines. The changes it makes are a rationalisation of the outstanding economic issues from the Protocol which will benefit the economy and majority of people in the north.
The mood at the Ard Fheis was very upbeat. At the heart of the party is the commitment to Irish reunification. The key issue being how to further encourage and channel the debate around unity.
Sinn Féin has become the most popular party on the island of Ireland, and on both sides of the border.
“..Ireland is on the cusp of an historic opportunity to unravel the generational political, social and economic trauma which partition has brought about.”