Ní Riada addresses Mourneabbey Commemoration

Sinn Fein held a commemoration last Sunday to mark the 96th anniversary of the Mourneabbey Ambush. Pictured is Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada at the Mourneabbey monument with Cillrs Catherine Carey, Mick Nugent and Melissa Mullane, Deputy Pat Buckley TD, and members of Cork, Mallow and Tipperary Sinn Féin.

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada was the main speaker at the Mourneabbey Ambush Commemoration last Sunday. The Ireland South MEP told those who had assembled for the 96th anniversary of the ambush, which saw four IRA volunteers killed and another two later executed, that everyone must take part in the discussion on Irish reunification. “There are those who only pay lip service to reunification. They tell us now is not the time. Now is exactly the time. The current political landscape does not only present an opportunity for reunification, it demands it,” she said.
“They tell us we can’t afford reunification but every major study carried out in the past few years tells us the exact opposite; that we can’t afford partition. That we can’t afford the duplication, bureaucracy, inefficiencies and barriers caused by having two competing entities on our tiny island.
“So, to those who have yet to get involved in the discussion on reunification, I say now is the time to make your voice heard.
“To those hard working activists in other parties, I say now is the time to stand up to your leadership and demand they play a meaningful role in the discussion that will shape a new Ireland.
“To our Unionist brothers and sisters, I say your input is as essential as everyone else’s. Take part in the conversation, even from an opposing point of view.  Share with us your hopes, concerns and ideas and we will share with you our vision of a fair, free and progressive country that cherishes all the children of the nation equally.”