“I welcome Taoiseach’s commitment to advocate for remain vote” - Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s “clear commitment to advocate for the people of the North in respect of the vote to remain in the European Union. Such advocacy will be very welcome.”
The Taoiseach made his remarks during an exchange in the Dáil with the Sinn Féin leader on Wednesday evening.
Gerry Adams TD said:
“One of the biggest issue facing the island of Ireland in the immediate future is Brexit. There is an imperative for those of us on this island who oppose the people of the North being dragged out of the EU to agree a co-ordinated strategic approach. This week the Taoiseach confirmed to me that he intends convening discussions in November.
"It is also critical that in its discussions with EU leaders that the Irish government expresses its full support for the remain vote in the North and advocates for the right of the people of the North to remain in the EU.
"When I pressed the government on this yesterday evening Enda Kenny said: ‘I accept that the result of the vote on Brexit was that the people of Northern Ireland, by majority, voted to stay in the European Union. I will articulate this point at the discussions that take place at European Council level. I do not suppose I am expected to articulate the same point on behalf of the people of Scotland who also voted to stay in the EU.
"I very much welcome the Taoiseach's clear commitment to advocate for the people of the North in respect of the vote to remain in the European Union. Such advocacy will be very welcome. Having so clearly set out his commitment in this regard, we now need an all-party discussion on Brexit among the leaders and the forum must meet as soon as possible.”
The Sinn Féin leader also urged support for the protest against Brexit planned for Saturday October 8th.
Teachta Adams continued;
“There is no doubt that border communities will be among the worst hit by being forced out of the EU and any hardening of the border.
"The campaign group, Border Communities Against Brexit, which is made up of trade unionists, the business community, community groups, charities, disability campaigners and others is holding a day of action against Brexit at six locations right along the border from Derry to Dundalk on Saturday October 8 at 3pm. I would urge citizens to support this protest.”
Note: To Editors - below is a transcript of An Taoiseach's remarks.
The Taoiseach: As this is the island of Ireland and we have a land border with Northern Ireland that will become an external EU border, I will articulate that people in Northern Ireland voted to stay in the EU. Given the particular relationship we have with Northern Ireland, it is important that this voice is heard. This is another reason for having an all-island conversation about where all this is headed and what implications Brexit may have along the line.’