28 September 2001
Doherty `Eve of Ard Fheis' Statement
Sinn Fein Vice President Pat Doherty MP speaking on the eve of his party's Ard Fheis in the RDS, Dublin tonight said:
``This is going to be the biggest Ard Fheis that Sinn Fein has seen for many years. There will be over 2,500 delegates and visitors.
``Clearly our members know that this conference is coming at an important time. Sinn Fein is now the largest nationalist party in the 6 counties. The upcoming general election presents many challenges for us. I am confident that our membership is up for that challenge.
``Over the course of the weekend delegates will debate on a wide range of important issues. We will have discussions on important documents which may be adopted as policy. These will focus on issues such as: Health, Waste Management, Agriculture, Racism and Arts and Culture. There is little doubt that Sinn Fein activists will approach these matters in a progressive and radical manner.
``We will also talk about developments in the Peace Process. I think people will see that republicans are frustrated with the current situation. The British government and the UUP are focusing on silent IRA weapons while chosing to ignore a sustained murder and mayhem campaign from the UDA.
``Nevertheless, Sinn Fein will come out of this weekend revitalised and focused. The Ard Fheis is always a terrific event and I am looking forward to it.''
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