I’m sorry, I’ll just say that again…

As I noted in my most recent CIF piece, the Sinn Fein seem to spreading the one script a little thinly recently. There are some differences in the statements of Martin Ferris and Mitchel McLaughlin. But there’s not a lot in it. Mitchel:

“Bertie Ahern committed to Oireachtas representation for northern citizens as part of the Good Friday Agreement. Now that he has finally embraced the concept of all-Ireland politics it would be the opportune time for him to now deliver on that commitment.

“Irish citizens should not be denied their constitutional right to participate fully in the life of the Nation just because they were abandoned behind an artificial border imposed by a foreign power.

“Otherwise, if Bertie Ahern follows through on his intention to organize on an all-Ireland basis how could he justify it to his supporters if those in the 26-counties were to be given full national rights while those in the 6 were not.”

And Martin:

“Oireachtas representation for 6-county citizens was committed to by the Taoiseach when his government signed the Good Friday Agreement nearly ten years ago.

“Irish citizens should not be denied their constitutional right to participate fully in the life of the Nation just because they were abandoned behind an artificial border imposed by a foreign power.

“If the intentions of the Fianna Fáil party to organise and seek a political mandate on a 32-county basis are genuine now is an opportune time for him to deliver on his government’s commitment to all island representation in the Oireachtas.”

Such are the joys of being one party in two states!

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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