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Taoiseach must advocate for all Irish citizens after Brexit – Nolan

27 June, 2016

Sinn Féin TD for Offaly and North Tipperary Deputy Carol Nolan has said that the Irish Government has a duty to stand up for the interests of all Irish citizens on this island in the aftermath of Brexit.

Speaking in the Dáil today, Deputy Nolan said:

“There can be no doubt that the impact of last Thursday’s vote will be felt for years to come.

“The Irish Government has a clear duty to immediately assert itself in order to ensure that the interests of citizens, north and south, are protected.

“The Government must do its very best to ensure that the effects of Brexit in terms of trade and travel between Ireland and Britain are minimised and it must work to identify and realise the opportunities that arise as a result of the vote.

“One of those opportunities is to establish a referendum on Irish Unity and end the partition of Ireland.

“The fact that the majority of the citizens of the six counties, many of whom are Irish passport holders, voted to remain in the EU cannot be ignored by this Government.

“A referendum on Irish Unity is actually the only mechanism by which the democratic mandate of the people of the north can be realised.

“It is the only mechanism by which the island of Ireland can remain within the EU; something which is of clear economic and social benefit for all our people.

“It is my clear view that the Irish Government has a duty to stand up for the interests of all citizens on this island and must support a border poll for Irish unity.” 

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