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Irish Government must champion the case for Special Status for the North at the heart of Europe – Ó Donnghaile

10 March, 2017 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has called on the Irish Government to champion the cause of a Designated Special Status for the North of Ireland at the heart of EU institutions. His remarks come after visiting Brussels this week with a delegation from ‘Border Communities Against Brexit’ hosted by Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson.

Speaking today Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said;

“It was a privilege to engage with such a broad range of stakeholders from ‘Border Communities Against Brexit’ who are absolutely committed to defending Ireland’s place within the EU. The delegation was made up of representatives from the Farming, Business, Tourism, and Community sectors.

“While there, we had a packed and comprehensive schedule which included meetings with a broad range of politicians and organisations at the European Parliament, Commission, and Council. At each meeting, the delegation laid out the stark dangers posed to the future prosperity and wellbeing of all of Ireland as a result of an English vote to drag us out of Europe against out will.

“The clearest concern on the delegation was that Brexit could not threaten or jeopardise the integrity and precedence of the Good Friday Agreement, voted upon and overwhelmingly endorsed by referendum in both North and South. This message was heard very clearly in Brussels and many of the groups we met shared our concerns.

“As co-equal guarantors of the Agreements reached, the onus remains firmly on the Irish Government to ensure our rights as Irish, and therefore European, citizens are upheld and defended. It is clear from our visit that there are already many advocating that cause at a European level, not least Sinn Féin’s four MEP’s. The Irish Government must ensure to do likewise and become champions for Designated Special Status for the North of Ireland within the EU.” 

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