SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MP has announced plans to establish a new forum that will take forward the work of engaging with people and communities on future constitutional arrangements on the island of Ireland.
Mr Eastwood said that the party’s New Ireland Commission will seek to engage with every community, sector and generation to develop new proposals that will unite people across the island.
Colum Eastwood MP said: “The only path to uniting the people of this island is through the spirit of partnership, cooperation and reconciliation that the Good Friday Agreement is built on. Delivering a new Ireland demands that we all spill our sweat to forge new enduring relationships between the people of this island and that we demonstrate to everyone that there is an equal place for them.
“The SDLP’s New Ireland Commission will seek to engage with every community, sector and generation on this island to build new proposals that can generate a consensus on our future constitutional arrangements. This work will be challenging, it will demand we stretch ourselves again to accommodate our communities in all their difference and diversity but it is, ultimately, necessary that we plot a course through the immense period of change we’re living through.
“Leaders in the SDLP worked hard to forge a consensus for peace that would allow everyone to pursue their own constitutional ambitions free from the threat of violence. This new generation of SDLP leaders is prepared to spill our sweat again to create a path toward a united, just and reconciled new Ireland.
“We are in dialogue with significant individuals and quiet conversation with a number of communities to secure further confidence in our plans. I intend to make further announcements about the Commission panels over the course of the summer.”