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Who fears to speak of Irish Unity? – Doherty

14 July, 2009 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Speaking today after a Seanad debate with the Taoiseach and representative from all parties Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty criticised all party’s for fearing to speak of a United Ireland. Senator Doherty said a British MP is due to Chair a debate on Irish Unity this evening in the Grand Committee Room of the House of Commons while in the Seanad today a whole host of Irish politicians could not even bring themselves to mention the words Irish Unity in a debate on the North.

Speaking after the Seanad debate Senator Doherty, who is joint chairperson of Sinn Féin’s task force for Irish Unity said, “For a full hour today not one of the representatives of the main political parties in this state bar Sinn Féin could bring themselves to mention the words Irish Unity during a debate on the North. This is a sorry state of affairs when you consider that a British MP, Diane Abbott is due to chair a debate on Irish Unity in the Grand Committee Room of the House of Commons this evening and the event is due to be attended by a host of British politicians.

“Irish Unity is the stated objective of all of the main political parties in this state yet their representatives can’t even bring themselves to mention the words let alone come up with a strategy for how that eventuality will come about or a vision of how it will look.

“I do not buy into the excuse that we are somehow offending the Unionist Community by stating our perfectly legitimate goal of Irish Unity. This is a recognised legitimate political objective and a major plank of our history and culture. Unionism has never been ashamed of its desire for the North to remain under British Rule and certainly never worries about offending Nationalists and Republicans by stating their views. So why should we, as Irish political representatives, refrain from stating and pursuing our goal of Irish Unity?

“If we truly want to bring about the reunification of our country then we can’t afford to be afraid to talk about it. We need to begin the discussion on how a new United Ireland will look, the benefits to our economy and to all sections of our community, including the Unionist Community. For that to begin the members of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, The Labour Party and the Green Party need to get over this complex they have about discussing Irish Unity.” ENDS

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