A Eagarthóir, a chara,
I would like to highlight for your readers a major conference that will take place in Galway on Friday 7 October entitled ‘Towards a New Republic – I dTreo Poblacht Nua’.
The Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill will play host to this event which has been organised by Sinn Féin to promote the Uniting Ireland campaign and will hear from Gerry Adams TD, Sinn Féin president, Stein Bredal, a former trade union official with YS Statoil, Terrence McDonough, an economics lecturer in NUI Galway and Dr Áine Macken, a sociologist with Teagasc, among other guest speakers.
As well the question of Irish unity, speakers will deal with a broad range of topics from energy infrastructure, the ownership and control of our natural resources, how to maximise our small and medium enterprises in land and fisheries to issues such as the All-Ireland Economy, the Arts and Culture sector, development of the Irish language – An Ghaeilge, as well as the common and distinct issues facing communities in gaeltacht areas and on the islands.
The Galway event will be the fourth in a series of very successful conferences which have been held in Ireland over the past year; others took place in Monaghan, Dublin and Cork.
I would urge all of you who are frustrated and angry with the current economic crisis, who recognise the importance of ending partition, defending our natural resources and protecting our communities, to come along to the conference and join the debate on building a new republic.
This event provides a platform for Galway people to have a say on the major issues affecting us and our families as well as the opportunity to discuss what we believe a real Republic should aspire to. It is time to take a stand against austerity and show that we are willing to take an active role in shaping a new Republic based on equality, fairness and respect. Tá bealach níos fearr ann, There is a better way.