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Irish Citizens in the North are looking to Dublin for recognition and representation - Chris Hazzard MP

15 June, 2017 - by Chris Hazzard


Newly elected MP for South Down, Chris Hazzard has said Irish Citizens in the North are looking to Dublin for recognition and representation and called on Leo Varadkar to implement the proposals of the Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution and provide for speaking rights for MPs in relevant debates on the floor of the Dáil as previously proposed and voted for.

Mr Hazzard was in Leinster House today with his other newly elected MP colleagues to attend the meeting of the Oireachtas Good Friday Agreement Implementation Committee.

Speaking afterwards from Leinster House he said;

“Over the course of the election there was an intense debate on the future, on Brexit and on rights, equality and unity. Sinn Féin received an increased vote in every constituency and increased our number of MPs from 4 to 7.

“Nationalists have recognised that the future should be determined in Ireland and not from the benches of Westminster.

“There is an onus for the Oireachtas to become a truly national parliament including the voices from the North. That is why we are attending the Good Friday Agreement Implementation Committee.

“Irish Citizens in the North are looking to Dublin for recognition and representation. They want their voice to be heard in a National Parliament.

“It is time to implement the proposals of the Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution and provide for speaking rights for MPs in relevant debates on the floor of the Dáil as previously proposed and voted for in the Dáil.”

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