Good to see that hundreds of Republicans gathered in our nation's capital today to protest against the continuing attempts to criminalise the Republican movement. Similar gatherings have taken place across the north and I was at a very well attended meeting in the Hilton Hotel in Belfast a number of weeks ago.
The message coming from Republicans is clear and must be heeded.
WE ARE NOT CRIMINALS
THE STRUGGLE TO ACHIEVE IRISH UNITY IS A NOT CRIMINAL ONE.
342,000 VOTERS WERE NOT CRMINALS, NEITHER ARE THEIR REPRESENTATIVES.
SINN FÉIN'S MANDATE MUST BE RESPECTED.