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Major conference on Irish unity set for Belfast next week - Carthy

16 June, 2017 - by Matt Carthy MEP


Matt Carthy MEP, head of Sinn Féin’s United Ireland Strategy Group, has announced details of a major conference on Irish unity to be held at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast next week.

Matt Carthy said:

“The prospect of the North of Ireland being removed from the European Union against the will of the people there and a reinforcing of the border, has raised many questions about the future.

“That was reflected on the doorsteps, in the media and in all the political discussions during the election campaign in the North.

“The idea of new constitutional arrangements that better suit the new realities of Ireland in 2017 is now a live issue.

“Brexit has created an entirely new dynamic for the building of a new and agreed United Ireland.

"More than ever, there is a need for an inclusive, constructive debate on our future, including what a United Ireland might look like.

"To that end, the latest in Sinn Féin’s series of public discussions on Irish unity will be held in the Waterfront, Belfast on Saturday, 24th June.

"Entitled ‘An Agreed Future?’ the conference will consist of two panel discussions.

“The first panel, chaired by distinguished political journalist and commentator Eamonn Mallie will discuss if an Agreed Ireland is possible and contributors include Ben Lowry Deputy Editor of the Belfast Newsletter, and author Kevin Meagher.

"The second panel chaired by well known community and peace activist and board member of the Glencree Centre for Reconciliation Bronagh Hinds, will discuss if a Unity referendum be successful and contributors include Mary Lou McDonald TD, political commentator Chris Donnelly, and myself.

"The conference will also be addressed by Gerry Adams TD, the party’s leader in the North Michelle O’Neill, and satirist and comedian Paddy Cullivan.

"This will be an important contribution to the developing conversation around the prospect of Irish unity post-Bexit and I hope to see a good turnout on Saturday week.” 

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