Sinn Fein’s seven goals towards unification?

So, Gerry Adams has revealed the goals that will unify the island of Ireland. Can’t really argue with any of them, but all of them depend on petitioning the agency of others. has framed an article around a party presser on the subject:

1 To popularise re-unification as viable, achievable and in the best interests of all and to build consensus for this;
2 To encourage all non-unionist political parties and sections of civic society to become persuaders and actors for reunification;
3 To convince a section of unionist opinion that their identity, self-interest and quality of life will be best served, secured and guaranteed in a united Ireland;
4 To challenge those who would seek to maintain the status quo;
5 To ensure the Irish Government act on the constitutional imperative of reunification;
6 To encourage the British Government to become persuaders for reunification;
7 To build on international political and practical support for reunification drawing in particular on the support and influence of the diaspora.

So what can we say? Well, outbreeding the Prods is off the table. And I don’t mean that flippantly. Nearly ten years ago that was the plan. At the time Graham Gudgin rather pessimistically thought it would take at least another census to force a change in tack. Yet as Tom McGurk noted about the same time, partition itself was an integral part of the peace deal. Untying it won’t be easy. And not for the reasons usually cited,

What this adds up to is a determination on Sinn Fein’s part to persuade everyone, north and south, that political unification is important after all. In truth though, no one struggling in Sinn Fein to create a credible and relevant opposition to the Republic’s coalition government has any time to give to unification. It’s the economy, stupid.

Which may go to explain why there are no concrete proposals in this seven point plan… Ironically, one of the out workings of the Belfast Agreement has been te almost complete disappearance of Northern Ireland from the consciousness of southerners, and vice versa. For most, Ireland now means 26 (and occasionally, when the rugby’s on, + 6), not 32.

Despite the undoubted benefits of a long peace, the Belfast Agreement now seems to constitute a weight that’s retarding Sinn Fein’s labour in trying to persuade either part of the island that unification any longer matters. Particularly now the border is all but gone.

The admission by the party that agency lies elsewhere, suggests that at this stage they still have no answer to the question, what problem(s) is unification supposed to solve?


  • HeinzGuderian

    tac….you may be confusing the threat of violence,with actual violence……but then again,when the heinous murder of Jean McConville is considered by the shinners as not even being a crime,I can fully understand your dilemma.

    Now,what was that you were saying about hypocrisy ? 😉

  • dwatch, that’s a very brutal piece by Alex Kane; it also highlights the flip in PRM language, a flip that has exposed it to ridicule from other parts of the Republican family.

  • tacapall

    Heinz if I was a shinner I’d have a dilemma but Im not so I dont. I have no doubt in my mind what happened to Jean McConville was heinous and unjustifiable even the dogs on the falls road know that and is quite possibly one of the reasons dear leader done a runner to Dundalk for the whole sordid truth will emerge someday.

    Back to the formation of the UVF by the Ulster Unionist party which you suggested never actually carried out any violence.

    The Making of a Minority

    “An unfortunate sequel to the Derry “riots” ensued in Belfast. Some Protestants fleeing Derry arrived in Belfast, and one of them addressed a meeting at Workman & Clark shipyard inflaming Protestants to attack their Catholic workmates. This was to begin the expulsions of Catholic workers in Belfast. Later that summer and the following year there was wholesale burning, looting and killing by armed Orange mobs, with the involvement of the UVF, and thanks to inflammatory speeches by Edward Carson and misleading news reports in The Belfast Newsletter. In total, from July 1920 to August 1922, the Belfast pogroms accounted for the deaths of 453 (257 Catholic), the driving out from their homes of 23,000 Catholics, and expulsion from their workplaces of 11,000 (from a population of 90,000). All Catholic families had been expelled from the towns of Lisburn, Banbridge and Dromore. [57] It was also estimated that 50,000 Catholics fled the North to the South, England and Scotland. [58]”

    Those UVF men who were willing to use violence and did to get their political objectives were later encouraged to join the new police force the RUC which they did along with the Ulster special constabulary later to become the UDR who carried out their duties with relish McMahon murders come to mind or the Arnon Street Massacre.

  • dwatch

    Nevin, like I said Alex wont receive top marks from republicans for his latest article in the Newsletter. Lets see if he receives any comments or replies.

  • harpo

    Those aren’t goals – they are activities. The usual activities.

    Has this been announced as yet another of those ‘new campaigns’ by the Provos? They have a new one every couple of years or so, and the failure of all of the previous ones is ignored in the process.