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Citizens Assembly proposal ‘flawed and lacking ambition’ – Adams

13 July, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has described the Government’s motion to establish a Citizen’s Assembly as “flawed and lacking in ambition”.

The Sinn Féin amendment to the Government’s motion was defeated this evening in the Dáil and the government motion passed as a result of Fianna Fáil abstaining. Sinn Féin voted against the government proposal.

Gerry Adams said:

“The Constitutional Convention - which sat between December 2012 and March 2014 - worked very well. It was structured, inclusive and broadly based with representatives of the public and public representatives working together to reach agreement on important constitutional and political matters.

“The Convention, its Secretariat, its Chair and, especially, the citizens who participated did an excellent job and produced a series of first class reports and recommendations.

“Sinn Féin proposed that the Convention should be reconvened and re-established with a new remit. We argued for the Convention to be able to examine issues affecting the entire island in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum, as well as the outstanding recommendations of the previous Convention; including political reform, and for it to have an all-island character.

“Regrettably, the government has insisted on sticking rigidly to a much less effective structure, with no political representation and no voices from the north. This failure to appreciate the all-island imperative for future development is a serious mistake by the government.” 

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