Parties who want Irish unity must become persuaders for it - Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking during European Council Statements in the Dáil this afternoon, has said the efforts of parties in the Dáil must be to create the conditions where citizens will opt for Irish unity.
He said “it is well within our ability if we have the will to work for this necessary objective and to set aside party political rivalries to do so. That means all of us should be persuaders for unity.”
Teachta Adams said:
“An all-island vision is crucial and the commitment to Irish unity by the government and all parties in the Dáil is fundamental.
“The fact that we have all signed up to change the status of the North, if that is what the people decide, and the reality of the all-island and all-Ireland nature of the Good Friday Agreement are clear evidence of its unique nature.
“Proof that the North, contrary to protestations from the Labour party and the Taoiseach, is a disputed territory is also clear from that part of the Good Friday Agreement which obliges the two governments to legislate for Irish unity if that is what the people vote for.
“Before this the British had made an absolute and totally illegitimate claim to that part of our island. Before partition they claimed the entire island equally illegitimately.
“I am very proud of the fact that Sinn Féin got rid of that when we got agreement from Tony Blair to end the Government of Ireland Act 1920. The British claim to the North is now highly conditional.
“Our efforts in this Dáil, even as we deal with the consequences of Brexit, must be to create the conditions where the people will opt for unity. We have to work at that.
“That is a big challenge but it is well within our ability if we have the will to work for this necessary objective and to set aside party political rivalries to do so.
“That means all of us should be persuaders for unity.
“In the meantime we should stop ignoring the vote of the people in the North and uphold their democratic right to remain in the European Union with a special designated status.”