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Taoiseach must do more than speculate from the sidelines on issue of hard border – McDonald

17 November, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

The Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has said that there can be no hard border on the island of Ireland.

McDonald urged the Taoiseach not to stand on the sidelines speculating about the possibility of a hard border, but rather to work proactively to protect Ireland’s interests.

She said:

“The Taoiseach and the Tánaiste had much to say when the draft withdrawal agreement was published this week. The Taoiseach, in particular, now appears to be adopting a more hesitant approach and warns that a hard border would be “very difficult” to avoid if Britain exits from the EU without a deal in place.

“It is not good enough for the Taoiseach to stand on the side-lines, to speculate on a hard border.

“The reality is there can be no hard border in Ireland. It is the job of the Taoiseach to ensure that there is no hard border in Ireland. The government must have a Plan B.

“Leo Varadkar assured the people of the north that they would never again be left behind. He must now match those words with action and work proactively to ensure that Irish citizens are protected.”

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