Sinn Féin ard fheis this weekend

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness will deliver a keynote address at the Sinn Féin ard fheis in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, tonight.

The party’s ard fheis will begin tonight and other prominent speakers for Derry, including Raymond McCartney and Martina Anderson will also speak during the weekend.

Speaking at the launch of the programme for the event, Mr McCartney renewed his call for a border poll on Irish reunification.

“Sinn Féin believes it is time for a border poll. Fifteen years on from the signing of the Good Friday Agreement it is time for the people to have their say.

“Partition is unjust, uneconomic and inefficient. A single island economy would be good for prosperity, good for jobs, good for investment.

“An economy of 6.4 million people is a viable economy which offers a stronger basis for recovery than a partitioned economy.

“The duplication of services, existence of two currencies and tax systems and competing investment agencies is inefficient and an impediment to economic growth.

“Partition has undermined economic development North and South and a 32 County economy would be stronger and would offer new opportunities and potential for growth and prosperity. The British Secretary of State should set a date for a referendum in the Six Counties on Irish unity to be held within the lifetime of the next Assembly,” he said.

The ard fheis will be televised live on RTE tomorrow at 11am.