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Irish government must stand by principles of Good Friday Agreement - Doherty

25 February, 2017 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty said the Irish government need to stand by the principles of the Good Friday Agreement and act in the best interests of all Irish citizens on Brexit. 

Speaking at an anti-Brexit rally in west Belfast today, Pearse Doherty said:

"The British government is seeking to reinforce and entrench partition through its disastrous Brexit agenda. 

"It undermines the Good Friday Agreement, which guarantees the right to Irish citizenship for everyone on the island. 

"The principles of that Agreement – equality, partnership and respect – have already been undermined by the actions and attitudes of the DUP. We don't want to see it further undermined by Brexit. 

"In next week's Assembly election, voters have the opportunity to send the DUP another clear message – to reject allegations of corruption in government, arrogance and disrespect, and their adherence to the disastrous Brexit agenda of the British government. 

"Sinn Féin is currently on a diplomatic offensive across the EU, garnering support for our case for designated special status for the north within the EU. 

"Just last week our team of TDs in Leinster House moved a motion, which was supported by the Dáil to back the case for the north to have special status within the EU. The Irish government must act on that Dáil vote. 

"They will be at the negotiating table and have a duty and a responsibility to act in the national interest of Irish citizens in the north by making the case for designated special status within the EU.”

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