Adams hits back at southern parties and calls for Green Paper on Unity in 2005
Gerry Adams says the ongoing opprobrium against Sinn Fein south of the border is merely an indication that Labour, Fine Gael and Fianna Fail are all running scared of the party’s electoral success as well as having a swipe at many parties in the south dusting off their republican credentials for the battles ahead.“It is amazing to watch the feverish efforts of parties in this part of the island rushing to claim their republican and Sinn Fein roots while attacking and condemning us,” the Irish Examiner quotes Adams as saying.
“We have no fear of that. If Labour and Fianna Fail and Fine Gael and the rest want to be republicans, then Sinn Fein welcomes that. The more the merrier. We have no monopoly on that.”
Speaking at the launch of Sinn Fein’s year-long series of events at the Mansion House to mark the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the party, Adams failed to refer directly to the Northern Job but did reveal that the party will later this year finally launch a campaign for the Irish government to bring forward a Green Paper on Irish Unity, top of the party’s
Of course, many ask the question what use a Green Paper on Irish Unity or as Anthony McIntyre pointed out
in 2002, as the British and unionists ultimately defeated republicanism on the core philosophical question of consent, the incoming Dublin government is irrelevant in terms of what it may do to bring about unity. There certainly doesn’t appear to have been any rush by any other party on this island to publish its views, on green paper or otherwise, on how unity can be achieved.
Anyway, setting out the party’s stall for the year, Adams said 2005 was “about Sinn Fein taking more decisive steps forward towards our goal of a united, free and independent Ireland”.
Claiming SF was the “fastest growing party in the country” Adams said his aim was to have a branch in every electoral ward to “use our present mandate as a launching pad to grow an island-wide, a nation-wide mass Sinn Fein movement”.
Other objectives would be to promote the Irish language to help create a “truly bilingual nation”.