Sinn Féin Mayor Sean McGlinchey has encouraged people to attend the Uniting Ireland -Towards a New Republic conference which will be held in the Millennium Forum Centre in Derry on January 28th.
Mayor McGlinchey said: “The Derry conference is the latest in a series of Uniting Ireland conferences which have attracted thousands of participants over the last 14 months.
“The conferences are about encouraging a dialogue around the construction of a new republic which will embrace all the people of this island.
“To date the conferences have been addressed by a wide spectrum of speakers covering issues as diverse as education; the role of trade unions; the economy; the place of unionism in a united Ireland; health co-operation and much more.
“The panel we have for the Derry conference contains experienced political, community and business activists - leaders - and I am confident that their contribution will add significantly to the ongoing debate on this important issue.
“Partition has had serious adverse economic, social and political consequences for all the people of this island but particularly those communities, like the north west, which straddle the border. On an island as small as ours, such duplication makes neither political nor economic sense. Moreover, such duplication is highly inefficient; particularly at a time when public spending is under increasing presume. The arguments in favour of increasing social and economic harmonisation north and south have never been more appropriate or more relevant.”
He continued: “Sinn Féin believes that Uniting Ireland makes economic sense; it makes common sense. We are not alone in this view. There are many who see logic of greater harmonisation and co-operation on all of those matters which affect the daily lives of citizens from health, the environment, education, agriculture, transport, job creation, taxation and strategic investment.
Almost 100 years ago James Connolly warned of the destructive affect partition would have on Ireland; its encouragement of sectarianism and the need for progressive individuals and groups to oppose it.”