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Fianna Fáil leader's disingenuous response to Irish Unity proposal is disappointing – Adams

18 July, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has expressed his disappointment in what described as the ‘disingenuous’ response of Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to the proposal for an Oireachtas Committee on Irish Unity.

Teachta Adams said;

“Irish Unity should not be relegated to narrow party politics.

“Brexit has certainly reshaped the context in which we consider and discuss Irish Unity.

“It would be absolutely nonsensical to ignore or trivialise this reality.

“Teachta Martin is being disingenuous in his criticism of Sinn Féin’s position.

“We presented the idea of an Oireachtas Committee on Irish Unity to other political parties in good faith. We believe that the Irish government should be preparing for Irish Unity.

“Sinn Féin is clear that we are for an agreed Ireland by consent. That is why we have stated that a referendum on Irish Unity should be held within the next five years.

“In my letter to Teachta Martin, I was explicit in my view that a major part of the Oireachtas committee’s work would be to assure Unionists of their place in a new Ireland.

“In that letter, I also stated that the committee would be a place where party politics could be left at the door.

“It is disappointing that the Fianna Fáil leader has chosen to ignore the genuine nature of our proposal.

“However, I am convinced that all parties in the Oireachtas can and should work together in a formal setting to advance Irish Unity.

“The establishment of an Oireachtas committee would be a positive development and a big step forward.

“I remain open to meeting with Teachta Martin to discuss further the proposal for such a committee and to put the Sinn Féin perspective to him in person.” 

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