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Role for everyone in new Ireland discussion - Carthy

15 September, 2018 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy said there is a role for everybody in the discussion of what a united Ireland could look like. 

The party’s Uniting Ireland co-ordinator was speaking after today's ‘Towards a United Ireland’ conference in Letterkenny. 

Matt Carthy said:

“Partition has failed Ireland but it has especially failed this region of the north west and Donegal. 

“This area has a lack of jobs, poor infrastructure, pitiful access to health services and low levels of investment. This is a direct consequence of partition. 

“We need to harness the energy, the optimism and the lessons from recent progressive campaigns - such as marriage equality and the repeal of the 8th amendment - into one demanding the reunification of our country.

“A United Ireland is a sensible, progressive and modern goal.

“We need to start planning to win a unity referendum and that means we have to start addressing the concerns some people have now. That includes unionists.

“As republicans, we have a responsibility to address how a new Ireland can allow those who identify as British to maintain their identity, their culture and their place in society. 

“There is a need for wider society to engage in this discussion - at home, in the workplace and everywhere - to help shape that new Ireland. 

“Irish unity makes sense, we have an opportunity to build a new, agreed and inclusive Ireland which delivers for all citizens.”

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