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A United Ireland is achievable, affordable and deliverable – Matt Carthy MEP

3 July, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Delivering the opening address at a key strategy event, “Building an All- Ireland Economy – Ending Partition” in Armagh this week, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy outlined the disadvantages for continued partition.

The event was attended by elected representatives of Sinn Féin along the border region including Michelle O’Neill and Péadar Tóibín TD and was addressed by Ruth Tallion, Director of the Centre for Cross- Border Studies, economist Dr John Bradley and Chief Executive of Newry and Mourne Enterprise Agency Dr Conor Patterson.

“Partition is the biggest threat to political and economic change in Ireland.

“The Border is a fault line which splits Ireland and undermines all of our potential.

“There are almost one million people living in our border counties who day and daily pay the price of partition through accidental roaming charges, the costs of using two separate currencies, additional bank charges and face barriers in accessing the nearest public services particularly health services.

“When we talk about ending partition, removing the border, ours is not an emotional argument.

“It is rational, reasonable and responsible position.

“Social, political and economic integration throughout Ireland can release the untapped potential of Ireland .

“Our goal of a United Ireland is achievable, affordable and deliverable.

“We would be better off economically, socially and politically in a United Ireland.

"If we are to get our economy back to long term health, get our people back to work, create opportunities for our young people and make sure that our nation's wealth is used to build a stronger and fairer society, then we need control of all our own resources without the barrier of the border."

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