Irish and EU citizenship rights must be protected - Ó Donnghaile
Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has said the British and Irish government must ensure that the rights of Irish citizens in the north are protected in line with the Good Friday Agreement.
Speaking from London after meeting with MPs and the Home Office along with Emma DeSouza and Michelle Gildernew MP, Niall Ó Donnghaile said:
“The disastrous Brexit process of the last two years has created massive uncertainty among citizens in the north on their rights and entitlements as Irish citizens.
“I made it clear to both the British government and opposition parties in London that people are rightly concerned at what can only be viewed as an assault on the Good Friday Agreement and the citizenship entitlements of people in the north.
“The British Home Office’s relentless pursuit in many instances through the courts of individuals who assert their right to solely identify as Irish must end.
“I stressed the need for greater training on and understanding of the Good Friday Agreement among British Home Office officials whose ignorance is causing major stress among families and individuals here.
“The Irish government must also keep to its word that citizens in the north will no longer be left behind by ensuring that Irish citizens do not become collateral damage for the Tory civil war.
“Key to this is the establishment of a dedicated 'citizenship hub' which could aid citizens who are unsure about their legal rights, protections, entitlements, status and situation as a result of Brexit.
“Our right to Irish and EU citizenship is a fundamental part of the Agreement and as co-guarantors, the British and Irish government must ensure it is protected in all of its parts.”