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People’s Referendum will show demand for Border Poll – Conor Murphy

24 May, 2013

Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy said the People’s Referendum in South Armagh tomorrow would give people of the area the chance to kick-start the debate on Irish Unity at grassroots level.

The poll will be taking place tomorrow and later today (Friday) Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams will be in the area (Naomh Malachí GFC Shelagh at 3pm and in Crossmaglen Square at 4pm) to give his support to the initiative.

The Newry & Armagh MP said:

“ Under the Good Friday Agreement the British Secretary of State has the power to make an order to direct the holding of a poll on Irish Unity. This is to be done where there is a ‘demonstrable demand’ for a United Ireland. Tomorrow’s poll is an opportunity for the people of Crossmaglen and Creggan Upper to show that they want that poll.

“Polling stations at Crossmaglen Community Centre and Naomh Malachi GFC, Shelagh will be open from 7am tomorrow (Saturday) and close at 8pm. The result will be announced at 9pm tomorrow night in Crossmaglen.

“Partition has undermined economic development north and south, particularly affecting the border region. A unified and independent Irish state is the way forward for political progress and lasting peace; the way to a prosperous and equal nation.”

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