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SDLP CHALLENGED ON REFORM OF IRISH CONSTITUTION REMARKS

9 January, 2012 - by Raymond McCartney


Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has questioned whether the SDLP will continue to support reform of the Irish Constitution given the bizarre comments made by party leader Alasdair McDonnell.

Raymond McCartney said:

“The SDLP have previously supported Sinn Féin in calls for the reform of the Irish Constitution to include voting rights for Irish citizens living in the North.

“However Alasdair McDonnell is quoted as saying that he’d be quite happy to let Enda Kenny and others tweak their constitution.  Given the long-standing campaign to secure the right of people in the Six Counties to vote in Presidential Elections and other constitutional matters, it would be natural to expect that Alasdair McDonnell and his party join with Sinn Féin and others in making this issue a priority and doing everything in their power to secure a successful outcome.

“Instead we see the leader of the SDLP adopting a partitionist approach. The fact that no one from within the SDLP has moved to distance themselves from Alasdair McDonnell’s remarks on this key issue, one week on, is an illustration of just how politically bankrupt and directionless the party has become.

“Sinn Féin has been holding a series of Uniting Ireland conferences across the country and have another one planned for Derry at the end of January. One of the key issues that continues to be brought up is the rights of Irish citizens living in the North.  Sinn Féin will continue to campaign for a successful change to the Irish Constitutions so that all Irish citizens have equal entitlement in voting rights for Presidential elections and other constitutional matters.”

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