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Looking to the future with confidence - Mary Lou McDonald at 2022 Ard Fheis

Mary Lou McDonald brought the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis (Annual Conference) to a close with a speech that brought all the delegates to their feet.

The Sinn Féin president brought a message of hope, optimism, and opportunity to the conference. 'Ireland is changing' was the message.

Tackling the Housing crisis, energy independence, and building a fair economy where the demands of young and not-so-young speakers.

This was an upbeat conference, by the poll-topping party. This was not a follow-list of demands but a manifesto for a new United Ireland.

Change was in the air. The Sinn Féin President, Mary Lou McDonald summed it up, “We live in the end days of partition. On the cusp of a historic opportunity – the reunification of our country and our people. Shaping a future for everyone. Moving forward in the belief that there is no ‘them’. There is only ‘us’. Us who call Ireland home. We can build a nation home for all our people.

The time to plan for peaceful, democratic constitutional change is now.”

Looking to the future with confidence the Sinn Féin leader said,

“The future is ours for the making. So, we need the right leadership. A new leadership with fresh ideas. Sinn Féin is ready to provide that leadership. Ready to lead government, north and south. We have the team, the policies, the energy to build that better future.”

The Ard Fheis ended with a standing ovation and the delegates on a high. The future is indeed unwritten but clearly, Sinn Féin will be the author of Ireland’s next chapter.

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