Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said that Irish nationalism is progressive, outward looking and inclusive.
Speaking from Thessaloniki while taking part in a GUE/NGL study visit and addressing a panel discussion on the peace process and the rise of the far right, Martina Anderson said:
“It has been fifty years since the Civil Rights campaign in the north of Ireland where people took to the streets to end discrimination, electoral gerrymandering and to ensure equal opportunity for all citizens.
“The Good Friday Agreement in 1998 promised to achieve this.
“The Good Friday Agreement is much more than a peace accord. It is the basis of the entire peace and political process in Ireland.
“There is a huge need to promote reconciliation, particularly with regard to the legacy of the conflict.
“It is completely unacceptable that victims of our conflict are being denied justice for their loved ones. We need to ensure that conditions to promote reconciliation are met so we can deal with the past thoughtfully, respectfully and with compassion.”
Discussing the rise of the far right across Europe, the Sinn Féin MEP said:
“Sinn Féin is a progressive, Irish republican and proud nationalist party which is committed to the establishment of a united, 32 county, Irish sovereign republic.
“The far-right have mutated civic nationalism into the narrow nationalism of the DUP, Golden Dawn, the AFD, Front National, Fidesz, and the English Defence League.
“Nationalism mutates when it is mixed with regressive, socially divisive and economically discriminatory politics that are not in the interests of the nation.
“Sinn Féin have made it clear that the far right have no place in Ireland. Irish nationalism is progressive, outward looking and inclusive.”