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Brexit or not, Irish Government must legislate for citizens rights - Ó Donnghaile

15 September, 2018 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

 Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile has said the Irish government must legislate for the rights of Irish citizens in the North as a matter of urgency.

Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said:

“It is imperative that the Irish government remain steadfast on the legally binding backstop agreed in December and reaffirmed in March; there can be no hard border, there must be adherence to the Good Friday Agreement “in all it’s parts” and no diminution of citizens rights. 

“In that context it is now crucial that the Irish government outline what action they plan on taking to ensure those of us who are Irish citizens, resident in the North, are legally protected and outline clearly what our citizenship status actually means, entitles us to and protects us from. 

“Brexit makes this obligation on the Tánaiste and the government all the more necessary, however it is an issue that increasing numbers of citizens here demand be urgently addressed. 

"As outlined in the report launched this week “Brexit Law NI Policy Report: Brexit and North-South Relations” there remains real fear and concern about the impact of Brexit on the peace process, our broader society and the issues of rights and equality. 

“The Irish Government must outline what their plans are to defend their own citizens, trapped by a Brexit they voted against.

“As the Seanad resumes next week I will continue to raise citizens concerns directly with government.” 

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