“We decided very consciously that we wouldn’t come here and tell people what to do”

You have to wait until the end of the Irish Voice’s report on the International Representative for west Belfast, Gerry Adams, MP, MLA, one-night only appearance in New York for an indication of the answer to the question “United Ireland – How do we get there?”..

At the end of the conference, the precise plans for creating a united Ireland remain unclear, but Sinn Fein’s certainty is not. “This generation can make it real,” Adams said. “But I can’t tell you how to do it. You know how to do it. and if you don’t, you’ll find out.”

Well, he does have a Task Force for Unity.. [Look into my eyes, the eyes, the eyes, not around the eyes.. – Ed]

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  • Comrade Stalin

    “This generation can make it real,” Adams said. “But I can’t tell you how to do it. You know how to do it. and if you don’t, you’ll find out.”

    Jesus. Gerry sounds like a Timothy Leary protege these days. First the crazy shit on Leergas, and now this.

  • Jimmy Sands

    For some reason David Brent’s motivational speech sprang to mind.

  • Framer

    That 1% of unionists want a United Ireland tells you everything you ever need to know.

    If you get a united separate Ireland nobody can continue to be a Unionist which explains the basic problem SF faces.

    Interestingly most Protestant nationalists of the past ended up as Catholics which rather says something.

  • loki

    Interesting to note Conor Murphy’s commentsat a Dublin press conference
    “Republicans have been campaigning for reunification for generations, if not centuries.”
    Centuries? Answers on a postcard please

  • Comrade Stalin

    That 1% of unionists want a United Ireland tells you everything you ever need to know.

    Eh ? How can 1% of unionists want a united Ireland ? It’s like saying that 1% of cats are dogs. It’s a contradiction in terms.

    Unless it means that they want Ireland to be reunified within the union ?

    If you get a united separate Ireland nobody can continue to be a Unionist which explains the basic problem SF faces.

    Er, it’s entirely possible to be a unionist following Irish unification. The chances of the union ever being restored would be extremely slim, but that doesn’t mean that people cannot aspire to this.

  • Cynic

    Gerry: “I can’t tell you how to do it. You know how to do it. and if you don’t, you’ll find out.”

    Translation from Irish “I haven’t a f*****g clue”

    Unfortuinately the US audience and acolytes from Irish Voice probably missed the subtle nuance of the Belfast vernacular

  • Framer

    What goes round has to be allowed to come round.

    In other words if there is a vote for a united Ireland they have to allow a further vote in 10 years with the option of returning to the UK.

    Or is nationalism not offering parity of esteem on this one?

  • HeadTheBall

    Framer,

    “..most Protestant nationalists of the past ended up as Catholics ..”

    Roger Casement comes to mind but have you further examples?

    Thanx

  • Framer

    Examples of Protetant nationalists converting to Catholicism include:

    Joseph Biggar MP, Hon. Albinia Broderick (Gobnait Ni Bhruadair, sister of the southern Unionist leader Lord Midleton), Charlotte Despard, sister of Viscount French (Lord Lieutenant), Hugh Law, Donegal MP, Sir Shane Leslie, Grace Gifford, briefly wife of Joseph Mary Plunkett, Muriel Gifford, wife of Thomas MacDonagh, Maud Gonne, Mabel McConnell, wife of Desmond FitzGerald and mother of Garret FitzGerald, Countess Markiewicz, Herbert Pim (SF) and Francis Stuart (novelist and Hitlerian).