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Best gauge of opinion would be a Border Poll - McElduff

18 November, 2013 - by Barry McElduff


Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has slammed those behind a deliberate agenda to lower nationalist and republican expectations when it comes to Irish unity.

Responding to comments made by Mairead Corrigan in today’s Irish News Mr McElduff said:

“It is becoming ever more apparent of the emergence of a very deliberate agenda to lower nationalist and republican expectations when it comes to achieving a united Ireland. This agenda has been readily facilitated by some sections of the media. They will not succeed.

“An increasing number of people see that politics has been transformed on this island and that a united Ireland is not just desirable but a realistic option.

“In the last election Sinn Féin were the main proponents of the benefits of a united Ireland and we were the only party to increase their share of the vote.

“Mairead Corrigan has never espoused a united Ireland. There is no difference in her position now than that of 40 years ago when she had a public profile. 

“However if Ms Corrigan had traveled to Strabane or Lifford in the past fortnight it would be very apparent to her that there is a strong appetite for a united Ireland. There were numerous events attended by over a thousand people aimed at promoting and widening the debate on the need for a Border Poll.

“The clearest answer to Mairead Corrigan and others of similar views is, let the people have their say. Whatever opinion people take in this debate let us have the discussion around these vital issues and then let us have a Border Poll which is provided for in the Good Friday Agreement.”

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