Sinn Fein 'plans unrest and agitation' in the Republic

SINN Fein plans to use the same agitation, unrest and street politics employed in Ulster to help it seize power in the Republic in the next 10 years, it was claimed yesterday.

The Dublin-based Sunday Independent revealed details of a confidential document charting the party's route to power and setting a strategy of dissension for the Province.

"Radicalised and mobilised communities are the seed-bed from which the new republic will be built," the newspaper quotes,

underlining Sinn Fein's plan to create a "mass party" to "mobilise even greater numbers of Irish people around our vision".

The revelations were greeted with concern by DUP justice spokesman Ian Paisley Jnr.

"This paper should put the fear of God into anyone living on this island," he said.

"Sinn Fein hasn't changed and is determined to use civil disobedience, community unrest and aggressive politics in order to take power on this island.

"The Republic appears to be sitting ripe for the taking as far as Sinn Fein is concerned and they're going to get a taste of what we have had to suffer."

One key to the strategy is the recruitment of new members by capitalising on "fortuitous" events, including the 90th anniversary of the Easter Rising this year and the 25th anniversary of the IRA's hunger strikes.

The report, said the newspaper, was outlined to a small group by senior northern leaders at a meeting in south Co Londonderry at the end of February, when it was also stressed that the main strategic move in Northern Ireland would be a continuation of opposition to the PSNI.

Mr Paisley said that highlighted the tactics at hand and discredited anyone selling the "myth" that Sinn Fein had changed.

"It shows that nothing happens by accident," he said.

"Unrest is deliberately stirred up and provoked in order to undermine politics and democracy.

"This sort of thing costs money and requires people and I believe that the millions of pounds stolen in Northern Ireland is being ploughed into this activity."

In language including phrases such as "national struggle" and "all-Ireland project", the report predicts success within a "10-year trajectory".

The plan would also require "political education programmes", the infiltration of "outside bodies", the creation of a "network of facilitators" and a "counter strategy" to tackle opponents.

The newspaper said that the Sinn Fein leadership had planned to launch the 10-year plan last year.

That would have coincided with IRA decommissioning and the statement that it had "ceased all activities" but was postponed because of the outcry over Robert McCartney's murder and the Northern Bank robbery.

The newspaper said that the document claims: "There will be no clap of revolutionary thunder or singular key moment or event to herald independence and the republic.

"Mass participation in republican politics will drive a process for change, which hollows partition and creates alternative community power structures."


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