Open and informed debate needed on reunification - Carthy
Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has said an open and informed debate is needed on the reunification of Ireland.
Mr Carthy, the Sinn Féin Uniting Ireland Coordinator, said;
"The joint programme broadcast by RTÉ and BBC was another welcome step in the debate on the future of our Island.
"Partition has failed the test of history. No one with any credibility would propose that partition has been good for reconciliation, jobs and the economy or delivering effective, efficient and accessible public services.
"There is an onus on all the parties which profess to want Irish Unity to work together, to develop plans and become the persuaders for unity. Anything less is just hollow rhetoric.
"A Sinn Féin-led government would commission and promote a Green Paper on Unity, stand up for the agreements and rights of citizens and work to enhance greater All-Ireland and cross-border co-operation.
"The Good Friday Agreement provides for Irish reunification based on referendums north and south. There is a clear pathway for reunification for those parties, which want to make it a reality.
"The findings of the survey demonstrate a baseline level of support for unity North and South that can and must be built on.
"This process must be informed by open, respectful and informed dialogue. This means that some of the old myths such as the cost of reunification must be addressed with accessible and accurate information."