Irish Government must act on behalf of all citizens on this island - Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD
Cork South-Central Sinn Féin TD, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, has called on the Irish Government to act on behalf of all citizens on this island in the wake of the EU Referendum vote. Ó Laoghaire raised the issue with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, in the Dáil on Tuesday.
Deputy Ó Laoghaire said:
“The people of the North clearly voted to remain in the European Union and that democratic vote must be respected.
“Sinn Féin will continue to assert the rights of the people of the North of Ireland and the need for a referendum on Irish reunification.
“Minister Flanagan recently met the British Secretary for State for the North, Theresa Villiers, and the Northern Executive, and I called on him to act on behalf of all citizens on this island in any negotiations and talks. The Irish government has to think nationally, not in 26 county terms.
“Since the EU Referendum vote Theresa Villiers, who campaign for a Leave vote, has dismissed the democratic rights and mandate of the people of the North who voted to remain in the EU. It is very clear that her sole priority has always been England's national interests.
“I called for the Government to establish a National Forum, which Sinn Féin has repeatedly called for, to review and discuss all of these issues. The DUP must not be allowed have a veto over this important and necessary National Forum.
“Lastly, I raised with the Minister my concern that Michael Gove, who is seeking to become British Prime Minister, recently defended his previous statements that the Good Friday Agreement was a ‘capitulation’, but Minister Flanagan refused to address these concerns.”