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O'Neill welcomes 'powerful' civic nationalist letter to An Taoiseach

5 November, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill today welcomed the initiative from civic nationalism in which more than 1,000 people have signed an open letter to the Taoiseach.

And the Sinn Féin Vice President said it was a time for people to make their voices heard.

Michelle O’Neill said: 

“I welcome today’s initiative from civic nationalism in which over one thousand people have put their signature to an open letter to An Taoiseach. 

“Almost twelve months ago the Taoiseach said that no citizen in the north would ever be left behind again. 

“He stated his commitment to no hardening of the border on the island of Ireland.

“This is a time of jeopardy with the ramifications from Brexit, this is about people’s livelihoods and this is people’s rights.

“So I think today’s letter from wider civic nationalism to hold the Taoiseach to account is very powerful. 

“It sends a very strong message that the nationalist community is not going to stand idly by and allow the British government to disrespect them when it comes to their rights. 

“They are not going to stand idly by and allow the north to become a backwater when it comes to marriage rights, women’s rights, language rights or the right to an inquest. 

“I think is vitally important that people no longer sit on the fence.

"I think there is an onus on all of us, collectively; political leaders, business leaders and civic society to come together and make sure our voice is strongly heard at this time.”

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