Tóibín welcomes Varadkar’s comments on Irish unity
Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín TD has welcomed comments made yesterday by Minister Leo Varadkar on the possibility of a united Ireland at some point in the future.
Teachta Tóibín said:
“I welcome the fact that Minister Varadkar has shown his support for a united Ireland following the steps of Taoiseach Enda Kenny. We hope that the government will be able to work with us to achieve this goal.
“There are a number of different opinions on how to best achieve a united Ireland. A border poll is one such mechanism – which is far from “crude”. The Good Friday Agreement has a provision that if sufficient demand existed, a border poll could take place. The agreement itself was endorsed by 94% of the voters in the South, and 71% in the North.
“At the heart of the Good Friday Agreement and Peace Process is the issue of political consent. However following Brexit the democratic wish of the majority of people in the north is being overridden. We have called on the Taoiseach to establish an all-Ireland forum to explore the impact of the referendum, and to ensure that options for the future are mapped out and discussed, safeguarding the interests of citizens north and south alike.
“Inclusivity is at the heart of Sinn Féin’s vision, an inclusivity that is reflected in the green, white and orange of the Irish flag. Sinn Féin has been part of a power-sharing government in Stormont for almost twenty years. We engage with, work with and have respectful relationships our countrymen on a daily basis.”