Irish citizens in the North must retain full EU citizenship post-Brexit – Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile
Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has stressed the need for Irish citizens in the North of Ireland to be allowed retain their full EU citizenship post-Brexit.
Speaking in the Dáil chamber today during an address by the EU’s Brexit Co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt, Seanadóir Niall Ó Donghalie asked that he expand on how the “rights of Irish and EU citizens would be protected in the north” post Brexit.
Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said;
“What will a Tory Brexit mean for an EU citizen who is a farmer in Fermanagh, or a worker in Strabane, or an entrepreneur in Newry? What are their rights and entitlements as EU citizens in a post Brexit situation?
"Irish people in the North don’t derive our Irishness from the Good Friday Agreement, it goes much deeper than that.
"Lodging the Good Friday Agreement at the EU and UN affirmed in the eyes of the world our legal right as Irish and EU citizens. it is those legal safeguards which the EU must sustain for us as the negotiations on Brexit move forward.
"Irish and EU citizenship in the North should not be partial, conditional or second class.
"I was encouraged by Mr Verhofstadt’s understanding of the uniqueness of our situation and his desire to see our EU citizen rights protected.”