Kearney welcomes union chief’s support for agreed platform

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney has welcomed the public support of SIPTU President Jack O’Connor for developing an agreed platform among the left.

Jack O’Connor is to set out his position in a speech this morning at Glasnevin to commemorate Jim Larkin.

Sinn Féin’s South Antrim candidate in this year’s Westminster election said:

“Sinn Féin called this week, to begin formal discussions between ourselves, progressive independents, the trades union movement, grass roots community organisations, and others on the left in Ireland, north and south.

“Therefore SIPTU President Jack O’Connor’s public support for developing an agreed platform among the left is to be welcomed.

“There is an obvious need for a democratic, inclusive and politically non-sectarian discussion among all those genuinely committed to opposing austerity, supporting equality, social solidarity, and the protection of citizens’ welfare.

“Those who recognise the need for an alternative political and economic vision and strategy across the island have a responsibility to discuss how that can be brought forward.

“Sinn Féin is committed to working with others in good faith to explore how progressives in Ireland can maximise cooperation to bring about the change which is needed, based upon democratic control of the economy, sustainable investment policies to stimulate growth, protect public services and create employment.

“Building support for an agreed, united Ireland is an essential part of that process.

“Austerity and partition have failed all sections of Irish society. The dominance of Irish and British conservative elites north and south must be ended. The result has been growing inequalities, division, sectarianism and racism.

“Sinn Fein believes serious discussion on the left is now required to develop a new economic and political vision for a real Republic, and on the alliances to bring it about. This moment should indeed be seized.  It is the way forward.”

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