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Government must still consider additional EU seats for the North – Ó Donnghaile

27 September, 2018 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Following Statements on “Proposals for an Electoral Commission” Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile has reiterated the party’s call that the two additional seats given to Ireland as a result of Brexit should be used to represent citizens in the North.

Speaking after the debate in the Seanad Senator Ó Donnghaile said:

“I note that Government intend to allocate the two new seats to the ‘Dublin’ and ‘Ireland South’ constituencies; this is a disappointing outcome for citizens in the North who are set to lose their democratic representation as a result of a Brexit they voted against.

“The legal advice is clear; Government can do this if they have the will. I was heartened by the recent motion passed at Donegal County Council and Newry, Mourne and Down Council calling for the seats to come north.

“It was the Taoiseach who said Northern citizens would “never again be abandoned” yet here they are being left behind by government at the first hurdle, losing the most basic entitlement of any citizen, the right to elected representation.

“I will continue to work with my colleague Martina Anderson MEP and those here in the Oireachtas, to ensure Government understand their decision is a retrograde step and can yet be overturned.”

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