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Social & Democratic Rights of Irish Citizens in the North must be protected by Government - Ó Donnghaile

11 June, 2018 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile


Speaking at the 56th Plenary of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly in County Sligo, Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile again called on Government to ensure they are steadfast in defence of the rights of Irish citizens in the North at the Brexit negotiations.

Speaking from Sligo this morning Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said;

"I welcome the remarks from Minister Joe McHugh today that there is no attempt from government to “move away from the integrity” of the Good Friday Agreement but the proof of the pudding will be in the eating. 

"At today’s Assembly Plenary there is obviously a large amount of focus on the question of the ‘backstop’ and the current infighting within the British Tory Party; however we must not lose sight of the need to secure steadfast guarantees around the rights of citizens in the North, the majority of whom voted to remain, to continue to access their full and equal rights and entitlements within the EU structures.

"The British government are deliberately ignoring the democratic wishes of the people here who voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU. They are working against the interests of the people of this island. The Irish Government and EU negotiators, if genuinely committed to protecting the Good Friday Agreement in all of its parts, must ensure that protecting citizenship rights, including social and democratic rights, are central to any proposed outcome."

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