Sinn Fein’s mission impossible…

“THE announcement by Sinn Féin of a new position within the party to address the unionist question must be seen as a welcome one, and one hopefully that will bear fruit for all concerned with building peace,” wrote the Daily Ireland editor today. “[Former republican prisoner] Martina Anderson will have her work cut out, but it can only be hoped that logic will prevail and unionists will accept that this is a genuine attempt to communicate and address their concerns in an open manner.” Like Rev Brian Kennaway, Anderson believes there is common ground in the Orange commitment to civil and religious equality for all and the 1916 Proclamation’s affirmation of the same. If this interview is indicative of her strategy, it seems likely SF’s ambassador to unionism will be spending her time trying to convince unionists that they too are victims of British rule, whose selfish interests would be best served in a united Ireland.

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