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O’Neill expresses disappointment at Irish government stance on designated status

17 February, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin’s leader in the North Minister Michelle O’Neill today joined party leader Gerry Adams in Dublin today for the plenary meeting of the Civic Dialogue forum on Brexit.

Ms O’Neill expressed her disappointment at the decision by the Irish government not to support a designated status for the North.

The Sinn Féin leader said:

“I want to commend the decision by the Dáil yesterday to vote in support of a Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil composite motion on Brexit. The motion supports a special designated status for the north.

“It also endorses a Bill of Rights, the maintenance of EU funding streams, and protection for the human rights elements of the Good Friday Agreement.

“I very much regret that that government has decided not to support a designated status for the North. I believe that a special designated status and acceptance of the Remain vote there should be official government policy and should become the overarching objective in the Article 50 negotiations.

“This is especially important in light of the decision in the British Parliament last week by the Conservative Party, the DUP, the UUP, and UKIP to vote against protections for the Good Friday Agreement in the wake of Brexit.

“Our Government needs an equally robust focus on Irish national interests that are in the interests of all of the people on the island of Ireland. The Civic Dialogue and sectoral meetings can contribute significantly to the response of the island of Ireland to Brexit. I look forward to working with the Government when the election in the North is over.” 

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