Published Saturday, 26 November 2011
The DUP leader was speaking in his keynote speech to the party during their annual conference in Co Down on Saturday.
He said the current economic troubles will pass, but the greatest challenge over the next few years will be to "rebuild" society in NI.
Mr Robinson explained that this can be achieved by combining education services and promoting a shared community.
"I don't want a society where people live close together, but live separate lives," he said.
"The conflict of the last forty years created terrible divisions. It became a case of 'them and us'. And that attitude deepened divisions further.
"If we want a better society it can't be 'them and us'. It can only be 'all of us'."
The First Minister argued the support of all communities will secure the region's place in the UK, but said the task will be to persuade rather than to defeat.
He said recent surveys have revealed over half of Catholics want the union to remain.
"Bobby Sands once said that the IRA's revenge would be the laughter of their children. Such narrow vision," he continued.
"There has been too much talk of revenge, too much talk of victory or defeat. The DUP's ambition will be the laughter of all our children, playing and living together, with a future that doesn't see them having to leave our shores, but wanting to live here, in NI, within the United Kingdom."
The DUP leader also said an "open and honest opposition" must be achieved at Stormont.
He said: "We must work towards a more normalised form of government, with an Executive and an open and honest opposition - not a fifth column that operates from within the ranks of the Executive itself.
"That would be a real sign of political maturity. Not because it's good for unionism but because it's good for democracy."
Mr Robinson outlined plans to attract 10,000 party supporters in the next two years - including from a nationalist background - and measures to promote the role of women in politics.
DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds and ministers Arlene Foster, Edwin Poots and Nelson McCausland also spoke at the event on Saturday afternoon.
The First Minister said his party is now stronger than ever before, but added their aim going forward must be to build on that by widening their appeal.
He said: "This party alone can't dictate the future, but we can place issues at the centre of public debate and force others to justify their obstruction.
"There can be no greater legacy than a more shared and united community."
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