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McDonald welcomes statement that Taoiseach will establish National Forum to discuss Brexit implications for Ireland

2 July, 2016


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has welcomed a statement today from Fine Gael Minister of State for European Affairs Daragh Murphy TD, that the Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to establish a national forum to discuss the aftermath of the Brexit referendum and its implications for Ireland, North and South.

Mary Lou McDonald said:

"I welcome the statement today from the Minister of State for European Affairs F Daragh Murphy TD, that the Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to establish a national forum to discuss the aftermath of the Brexit referendum and its implications for Ireland, North and South.

Sinn Féin's Party Leader Gerry Adams TD wrote to the Taoiseach on Friday asking him to consider establishing a Forum to discuss the future for the people of this island – North and South – and the European Union following the Brexit vote, and that Mr Kenny meet with him and other political leaders to discuss the proposal.

“I believe any such forum should aim to have island-wide participation and involve the Assembly parties, the Oireachtas, the European Parliament and civic society.

“The vote of the clear majority of citizens in the North who want to remain in the EU must be respected and defended.

“The Remain vote brought together unionists, nationalists, republicans and others in common cause on the same platform.

"Those who campaigned for a Leave vote should also be invited.

"There is an imperative on all of those who are concerned about the consequences of the Brexit vote to work together in the time ahead.

“A Forum, similar to the New Ireland Forum and the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation, should be open to all political parties on the island.

"It would have the clear objective of discussing the implications of Brexit and producing papers on strategies and policies that might assist in coordinating efforts in the time ahead."

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