“Simply because somebody said Sinn Fein was banned, it did not mean Sinn Fein did not exist. Part of the mentality of war is that you demonize your opponent. The language used is one of the things that must change for conflict to come to an end. How can there be dialogue if you do not know what your opponent is thinking?”
“One of the things we try to do is to not politicize the language. The language is everybody’s language. It does not belong to Sinn Fein, it does not belong to any political party. It belongs to the people. Any truly democratic country has the ability to embrace more than one official language within its borders."
Reilly disagreed with critics who say the Kurdish demand for “democratic autonomy” in Turkey is too high of a starting point for dialogue, saying any peace process has a life of its own that can “bring you to places you never imagined you would go.”