Irish government needs to act in best interests of Irish citizens - O'Dowd
Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd has said the Irish government needs to act in the best interests of all Irish citizens in relation to Brexit.
Mr O'Dowd said:
"British Prime Minister Theresa May has now made it clear that she intends to trigger Article 50 next week to start the process to drag the north out of the EU against our will.
"The people of the north clearly voted to remain in the EU.
“The determination of the British government to impose Brexit on the North, despite the vote of the people, underlines the undemocratic nature of partition and the unequal relationship between London and Belfast.
“Brexit will mean a hard border, Brexit will cost jobs and Brexit will have a devastating impact on our agriculture sector.
"Sinn Féin has set out its position that the north should have designated special status within the EU and we have been gathering support for that across Europe.
“This position is now supported by Fianna Fáil and Labour in Leinster House and by the majority of parties and MLAs in the Assembly.
"The Irish government now has a duty and a responsibility to act in the best interests of all Irish citizens and act to help achieve designated special status for the North."