Taoiseach has failed his first test in defending Northern Citizens – Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile
Speaking in the Seanad today, Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has expressed his disappointment at the Cabinet’s decision not to allocate the two additional European Parliament seats to electors in the North.
Speaking on ‘The Order of Business’ today Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said:
“There is widespread disappointment at yesterday’s cabinet decision not to allocate these two additional seats to the North.
"The Taoiseach made the commitment never to leave northern citizens behind again; yesterday saw him have the ideal opportunity to affirm that commitment, to ensure Irish and EU citizens in the Six Counties retained the most basic entitlement of any citizen, the right to elect democratic representation, yet disappointingly the government fell at the first hurdle in putting their words into action.
"Just a few weeks ago over one thousand representatives of civic nationalism in the North, Irish citizens, wrote to the Taoiseach pleading with him to remain steadfast in defence of our rights. I have no doubt that, like me, they will be bitterly disappointed at yesterday’s regressive decision at Cabinet.
"I am again calling on the Government to review this decision; there is no legal impediment on them to enfranchise Irish citizens who are registered in the North.”