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Kenny must push for special designated status for North at EU summit - Carthy

9 March, 2017 - by Matt Carthy MEP

As Enda Kenny travels to Brussels today for the last summit of EU leaders before Britain formally triggers the mechanism for leaving the European Union, Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has called on the Taoiseach to use the occasion to push for Special Designated Status within the EU for the North of Ireland.

Matt Carthy said:

“It is imperative that Taoiseach Enda Kenny uses the occasion of the EU summit to push for Special Designated Status within the EU for the North of Ireland.

“Last week’s election in the North of Ireland was a watershed.

“Brexit was a huge issue in the campaign and people have voted clearly against it.

“There is now an unanswerable case for the North to be afforded designated special status within the EU.

“My party has been building support for across this position in the Dáil and across Europe.

"Brexit has potentially disastrous implications for the island of Ireland.

“Sinn Féin's will continue our diplomatic offensive to secure designated special status for the north within the EU but the Irish Government must take up this position with urgency.

“A triggering of Article 50 by British Prime Minister Teresa May is imminent. There is no time to waste and the Taoiseach must utilise every available opportunity to argue Ireland's case and to assert the democratic rights of people in the North.

“Mr Kenny needs to vigorously pursue Irish national interests at this EU summit, and that means unequivocally and unambiguously pushing for Special EU designated stays for the North.”

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