Adams welcomes Taoiseach’s commitment to convene ‘all-Ireland conversation’ in November
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, has welcomed a commitment made by the Taoiseach to establish an “all-Ireland, all-island conversation to which businesspeople, members of civic society and political parties will be invited” to consider the implications for the entire island in aftermath of the EU referendum result.
Raising the issue during during Leaders’ Questions, Mr Adams said:
“I welcome the Taoiseach's commitment to an island-wide process to discuss the implications of Brexit. It would be useful if he would bring forward the details and an indicative date for the plan he has in mind.”
The Taoiseach confirmed later confirmed later in his contribution that it would take place in November.
Mr Adams said:
“Before and during the summer, the Taoiseach quite rightly acknowledged the unique and unprecedented challenges for the people of the island of Ireland as a result of the outcome of June’s so-called ‘Brexit’ referendum.
“Based on the meeting of party leaders in July, we all agreed that Brexit is the biggest issue facing the island at present, and the Taoiseach agreed to convene an all-Ireland forum to discuss the serious issues involved.
“All of us agreed on this very necessary process of consultation. Not least because of the potential implications for the nature of the border, for citizens, families and communities, both north and south.
“As a result of the British government’s insistence on dragging the north out of the EU against the wishes of a majority of citizens, the entire post-Good Friday Agreement architecture of the island is under threat, including its human rights protocols.
“There is widespread concern across the north, and the south, about such a course of action and the economic consequences for the island."