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 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.”
This Sunday January 30th marks both the day and the date of the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, which took place in Derry in 1972. Fourteen unarmed Irish people were killed by British soldiers as they were taking part in a demonstration for civil rights and its aftermath. – The fight for justice continues.
In 1916 the Easter Rising represented the resumption of the struggle for Irish freedom. The decision in 1914 of the Irish National Volunteers and the Irish Parliamentary Party to support the British government in the inter-imperialist war effectively subsumed the national movement. By 1916 hopes for an early victory by either side in the war had disappeared. It was time to reclaim hope for Ireland at home, from its slaughter overseas.
Sinn Féin recorded a stunning advance in the latest Irish general election, topping the poll with 24.5%. The two dominant parties since partition, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil could only muster 43.1% between them, their worst combined showing in the history of the state.