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McDonald hails UCD Students’ Union for adopting positive stance on Irish Unity

10 March, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald has congratulated the UCD Students’ Union on its commanding vote in supporting a ‘pro-unity’ stance on a United Ireland.

The result comes just days after UCC students voted 63% in favour of their students’ union supporting Irish Unity as well as NUIG students voting 74% in favour of their Students' Union supporting Irish reunification only weeks before.

Deputy McDonald said:

“The two-third majority Yes vote is also to be welcomed. Clearly, partition is still an issue that concerns our young people, particularly as we face into Brexit which threatens to limit opportunities in education, travel, and livelihoods.

“I want to congratulate ‘UCD For Unity’ for the well organised and progressive campaign which helped enable such a result. Particular credit goes to the UCD Sinn Féin O’Connor/Humphreys Cumann who secured this referendum with an incredible signature drive, gathering over 1,000 signatures in seven hours.

“Encouragingly, the Vote Yes campaign was run by a broad, cross-party group encompassing members from all walks of life and a variety of parties. Once again, the youth of Ireland have shown the rest of us how it should be done.

“Many of the issues that concern them most; mental health, education and equality can only be addressed fully on an all-island basis and this result reflects that.

“More important than even the result of the referendum, however, is the fact that this momentum is building among Universities in the South, and as has so often happened in Irish history, that it started with our students.

“This is their future and it's important that their voices, all their voices, are heard when it comes to forming a vision of what a new Ireland will look like.  

“Irish Unity cannot be the responsibility of Sinn Féin alone and it's fantastic to see our youth building a broad, inclusive movement with the aim of achieving that goal.” 

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