United Ireland is a major issue for Sinn Féin in Limerick

Limerick Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan with members and delegates at the party's Ard Fheis.

THE HOPE of a “fair and just” united Ireland is still a key topic of conversation for Sinn Féin members in Limerick.

That’s according to Limerick Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan who said that Irish unity was the underlying issue at the party’s annual conference last weekend.

“As a truly all-Ireland party, Sinn Féin TDs, senators, MLAs, MPs, and councillors joined thousands of party members and activists from the 32 counties to discuss how best we can achieve our central objective of a new fair and just united Ireland,” he told the Limerick Post.

Elsewhere at the party conference, he said there was a clear sense of optimism and hope in Sinn Féin’s plans for addressing many of the challenges faced by Irish people.

On the issue of housing, he said that Sinn Féin renewed its commitment to deliver the biggest, most ambitious public housing building programme Ireland has ever seen, if elected to government.

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“From those unable to afford their own homes to those who are weighed down by high rents, too many of our citizens are impacted by the housing crisis,” he explained.

There was also large focus on the issue of health around the ongoing waiting lists and capacity issues in hospitals.

“Our aim for health is to establish a modern, world-class universal healthcare system that is available to everyone, when they need it, based on their medical need and not on how much money is in their pocket,” he said.

On the impasse in the North, Deputy Quinlivan explained that Sinn Féin outlined their firm opposition to the DUP’s refusal to form an executive.

“Their intransigence is veiled behind the issue of the Northern Protocol, an issue that the Executive cannot influence.

“The reality, as outlined by the First Minister designate, Michelle O’Neill, is that they cannot countenance serving in an executive in which a non-unionist party is not the largest,” Deputy Quinlivan added.