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Matt Carthy MEP slams Fianna Fáil leader on attitude to united Ireland

29 June, 2016

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has criticised Fianna Fáil Leaderr Mícheál Martin for his stance on a united Ireland following the Brexit referendum.

Carthy, who is chair of the Sinn Féin United Ireland project team, said:

“Mícheál Martin has some neck describing the demand for a referendum on Irish unity as a distraction when the biggest distraction in Irish politics right now is Fianna Fáil’s pretence that they are part of the Dail opposition.

“We all know that Fianna Fail, under Mícheál Martin, is a mere prop for the Fine Gael Government.

“For English votes to drag the North of Ireland out of the EU against the will of people there would be a travesty.

“The only realistic way to ensure that the wishes of people in the North to remain in the EU is realised, is through the unity of this island.

“We now have a unique opportunity to look to a future beyond Partition, sectarianism and division.

“These should be the goals of all progressive political forces, North and South.

“I find Mícheál Martin’s attitude towards voters in the North frankly shameful and I know that his views are not shared by many grassroots Fianna Fail members and voters.

“Incredibly, in his recent Dáil contribution on Brexit, Mr Martin had more to say about the need to uphold the democratic wishes of the people of Scotland to remain in the EU than he did about the rights of people in the north of this country.

“That this is the best that can offered by the leader of a party that claims to be republican is disappointing to put it mildly.

“For our part, Sinn Féin will work to ensure that the wishes of voters in the North to remain in the EU are respected and facilitated, and we will redouble our efforts in the time ahead to promote the arguments in favour of an agreed, united Ireland.”


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