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European seats should be allocated to north in review - Ó Donnghaile

25 July, 2018 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile has called on the Irish government to use a review of European Parliament constituencies to look at allocating seats to be elected by Irish citizens in the north. 

Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said: 

"With a review of European Parliament constituencies ordered, now is the time for the Irish government to look seriously about allocating seats in a way that protects the democratic rights of everyone on the island. 

"The British Tory Brexit agenda will strip away the fundamental right to elect representatives to the European Parliament from people in the North. 

"Irish citizens in the north, as EU citizens, should be able to retain this right post-Brexit. 

"50 years ago people took to the streets in the north to demand their democratic rights. We should not be countenancing that right being taken away now. 

"This denial of democratic rights would not be tolerated for people in Kerry so it should not be tolerated for people in Derry. 

"The Irish government, if it is to live up to its pledge never to leave citizens in the north behind again, should now be actively looking at mechanisms to allow people in the north to continue to be represented in the European Parliament by allocating at least one seat for election by northern citizens."

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