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Time to talk about Unity – Gerry Adams TD

25 November, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams has urged maximum co-operation between political leaders North and South in seeking to advance the objective of a United Ireland.

The Sinn Féin leader revealed that the party will launch a new discussion document, ‘Towards a United Ireland’ in Belfast and Dublin on Monday.

Speaking in Dundalk today Gerry Adams said:

“Last night the Taoiseach is reported to have repeated his earlier remarks in September at an event in Oxford about the possibility of a referendum on Irish unity. The Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin who was in Belfast last night acknowledged that the Brexit vote means that the North should have a special status within the EU.

“Both of these leaders need to look beyond the rhetoric and embrace and develop strategies to bring about Irish unity. They need to move beyond, ‘We want a United Ireland ……. But not yet.’

“The Brexit referendum has changed the political dynamic and will transform the relations within this island and between the island of Ireland and Britain.

“Sinn Féin will be sending copies of our discussion document to the Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and other party leaders, as well as distributing copies of the document widely. From Monday it will be available on our website

“‘Towards a United Ireland’ sets out the arguments in support of Irish unity, as well as the benefits to the living standards of citizens, the economy and public services. Sinn Féin has a view of the kind of new Ireland that would work best but others will have different opinions and ideas. The objective of this initiative is to encourage the widest possible debate, including with unionists in the North, on the possible shape and detail of Irish unity.

“The discussion document will also argue for the use of the referendum on partition which is a part of the Good Friday Agreement.

“This is the time to plan and to build the maximum support for Irish unity. The leadership of those parties which support Irish unity, acting together, can provide the leadership to deliver it.”


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