[Sinn Fein]

17 October 1998

Independence and socialism can be achieved

During a wide ranging discussion on the peace process at the Sinn Fein Youth congress in Dublin today, incoming National Organiser, Matt Carthy said:

``Sinn Fein Youth support Sinn Fein's peace strategy and believe that it provides the best political process for moving forward and achieving our goals of independence and socialism.

``To advance our republican aims and objectives it is crucial that we continue to struggle through campaigning and mobilising, our peace strategy, advice centres, local constituency work, councils, education and international work. Only when these areas of struggle are placed together can we have the force and capacity to achieve our goals.''

Addressing the fears of Unionists Matt said:

``In moving forward we are mindful of the fears and concerns which exist within the unionist community. We do not seek to impose anything on unionists, we merely seek dialogue and discussion. We do not wish to deny unionists their identity, culture or rights. We seek a future together working as equals, as part of a rich and diverse nation, not made up of two communities but many.''

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