A Sinn Féin MEP claimed that the new party president will see a united Ireland become a reality.
Matt Carthy made the comments at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis on Saturday which saw Deputy Mary Lou McDonald elected unanimously.
The Monaghan man asserted that under the leadership of Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill in the North, Sinn Féin would realise the aspirations of earlier republicans, citing the United Irishmen, 1916, the hunger strikers and continued: "What if the dream come through? Because the republic will be realised. And, at that point someone will undoubtedly ask – who could have imagined it. Our response – Marylou McDonald. Michelle O’Neill. Thousands of Sinn Féin members gathered in the city that fought an empire on the 10th February 2018.
"A chairde, it’s time to elect our new leadership with every expectation that they will realise the dreams of the giants on whose shoulders we stand, the dreams of those of us in this hall and the 500,000 (and counting) people who support our party, the dreams of the risen people across every corner of our land. Let’s start the next chapter. Keep dreaming."
Matt Carthy also had a swipe at the other major parties in the south.
“Imagine being in a party where the leader is elected with the support of just 35% of it’s members. Or imagine being in a party like Fianna Fáil where ordinary members had no say whatsoever and who ended up with Mícheal Martin as leader after he secured 33 votes. Imagine being in the Labour party – Actually, I’m going to stop now.”