3/21/2005

SDLP begin to catch up with the rest of us?

I'm delighted to see that former taoiseach Albert Reynolds has echoed Sinn Féin's call for the Irish government to produce a Green Paper on the subject of Irish Unity. Mr. Reynolds' remarks come as the SDLP launch a policy document on their proposals for a United Ireland. While I of course welcome these proposals, however belated they might be, I must admit as to being somewhat cynical as to the timing of this announcement, coming only weeks before an election. The SDLP must realise that Irish Unity is an issue which must be given constant priority, not brought up merely in the weeks before an election. However as Mitchel McLaughlin points out, it is good to see the SDLP moving away from their fancicul talk of a "post-nationalist era". There is an onus on all of us who believe in the cause of Irish unity, however great our differences may be on other matters, to act as persuaders for the cause of a united Ireland. I must admit to not agreeing with all the proposals but forward by the SDLP, espicially their call for the retention of a six county parliament, however I do realise that it must be upmost in the minds of those calling for a United Ireland to make sure that the Ireland which we wish to create is an Ireland of Equals, an Ireland where all the children of the nation are cherished equally and an Ireland where the so called "secterian divide" no longer seems important. We must ensure that proper safeguards are put in place to reassure Unionism that a United ireland can work in the best interest of BOTH sides of the political divide, and that it will not merely be a triumph for nationalism.

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