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McDonald to take part in Irish unity debate with Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and UUP

13 May, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald will take part in a debate on Irish Unity in Crossmaglen tomorrow evening with representatives from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Ulster Unionist Party.

The debate is part of the People’s Referendum campaign taking place in Crossmaglen and Creggan to highlight the demand for a border poll.

Taking part will be Mary Lou McDonald, Senator Mary White of Fianna Fáil, Joe McHugh TD of Fine Gael, Irish News writer and UUP member Roy Garland and Conor Patterson, Chief Executive of Newry and Mourne Enterprise Agency.

Speaking today Deputy McDonald said;

“I am very much looking forward to tomorrow evening’s debate and I want to congratulate the organisers of the People’s Referendum campaign for taking the initiative on this issue.

“The areas of Crossmaglen and Creggan are living with the reality of the border every day of their lives and they have taken this initiative to highlight the very real demand for a border poll.

“Sinn Féin has initiated the debate by calling for a border poll on Irish unity to take place within the lifetime of the next assembly and Oireachtas terms.

“The debate on Irish unity is now intensifying with demand for a border poll taking centre stage.

“There are key economic and social issues that also need to be debated such as the costs of running two competing economies and states on an island this size and the duplication of essential public service like health and education, energy and agriculture.

“I am glad to see other parties taking part in tomorrow evening’s debate and I hope to see all those who claim to support Irish unity supporting the People’s Referendum.

“Similarly I look forward to engaging with all sections of Irish society in a healthy debate on the future of Ireland.”

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