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O'Neill calls for inclusive debate on Irish Unity

21 January, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill


Sinn Féin MLA Michelle O'Neill has called on all sections of society to begin a full and inclusive debate about Irish unity. 

Speaking at a Sinn Féin Uniting Ireland event in the Mansion House in Dublin today, Ms O'Neill said; 

"The debate around Irish unity is hugely important, perhaps the most important debate many of us will ever be involved in as we move towards what is in my view, inevitable constitutional change in the years ahead. 

"We need to see individuals and groups from all sectors of Irish society put forward their own ideas on this issue.

"Obviously, we will have different views on the future but that's ok. That's what debate is about. 

"There is a place for everyone in the new Ireland that we are building and we genuinely want unionists to be part of the debate, to be part of shaping our future on this small island that we all share.

"Brexit is bad news for the people of Ireland, North and South. Nevertheless, it also opens up a unique opportunity to look again at a future beyond partition, sectarianism and division, and to a new and agreed united Ireland built in the interests of all the people of this island.

"A new and united Ireland will deliver full democracy to the people of the whole island, including the right of people in the North to remain within the EU.

"Sinn Féin has put forward our ideas and will continue to do so in the time ahead.

"What is vital is that an open, inclusive and fully-informed discussion on the future of Ireland involving everyone begins now."

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