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Irish Government must ensure the North’s right to remain is central to their EU negotiations - Niall Ó Donnghaile

20 October, 2016 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile


Speaking after this afternoon’s Good Friday Agreement Committee meeting in Leinster House, which heard stark contributions from both the Centre for Cross-Border Studies as well as Co-operation Ireland, on the implications of Brexit to the Agreement, Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile said;

"It is quite clear from today's meeting that uncertainty still remains in relation to the impact of Brexit.

"It is also clear from that the Irish government needs to act decisively to end that uncertainty.

"The Irish government needs a plan to represent and stand up for the welfare of the people of this nation and it needs to sustain its focus not just on the British government in isolation but critically, on the other EU states in ensuring that the north’s clear mandate to remain with the rest of Ireland inside the EU is respected.

"The Good Friday Agreement and it’s constitutional arrangements and rights afforded by it are inextricably linked to the EU

"It is time for the Irish government to initiate a high profile and sustained lobby of the EU to ensure that all of Ireland remains inside the EU on the basis of credible, practical and sustainable proposals.”

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