Possible “cooperation” agreement with Republican dissidents on According to the Sunday Times, Sinn Féin was pushing for a border survey.
Newspaper reports party chairman Declan Kearney made direct contact with Saorad – widely considered the political wing of New IRA – in end of 2020.
According to the Sunday Times, Mr Kearney wrote to Brian Kenna who serves as chairman for Saoradh offers to organize a meeting on encouraging “engagement on development common strategy and cooperation” around the referendum.
He also offered an invitation for “delegation” from a dissident group meet with me and other members of Sinn Féin leadership.
Sinn Féin defended move to the newspaper with the argument “dialogue and interaction” is “a vital part of of peace process.
New IRA group previously stated that it responsible for killing journalist and writer Lyra McKee in londonderry in April 2019 when she was watching the riots. in Cregan area.
Sinn Féin has previously condemned killing “in the strongest terms possible” in 2019, just a year before the declared approach to group was made.
According to the Sunday Times, the proposal of Kenna rejected the collaboration.
In a letter sent to group Kearney, he writes: “Although the pending overlay of Brexit and its aftermath for Ireland highlights continued undemocraticity nature of section, Covid-19 pandemic also brought controversy of our country division in even sharper focus.
“This is clear these two factors had a significant impact on thinking of many citizens outside of the broader Republican base.
“Perspective of securing a referendum on Irish unity is very real but we have to do it reality.
“Sinn Féin believes that such a referendum should be an immediate political priority for All Irish Republicans… in to promote interaction on development common strategy and cooperation to achieve this result, I invite you and a delegation from your party meet with me and other members of Sinn Fein leadership.
The New IRA gang told the Sunday Times. in Answer: “Those who trade this approach are proponents of separation and reform and only serve to extend the shelf life. of Stormont and his institutions.
“Nothing is mentioned by anyone party to date gave Saorad any reason to join in call for poll.”
Last month, six men from group were arrested during the celebration of Easter in Derry organized by Saorad, with PSNI is subject to attack Bye in in area.
men – those detained under the Terrorism Act – were later released pending reports to the PPP.
In a statement to the Sunday Times, Sinn Féin said: “We have always stated that dialogue and engagement – even with those who support armed groups are a vital part of peace process and moving these groups away from violence in line with peaceful and democratic path to the end of partition provided for by the Good Friday Agreement.”
party came up for comment.