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Taoiseach’s comments “reckless and irresponsible” – Mary Lou McDonald

25 January, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

The Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has described comments from An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar regarding a return of soldiers to the border as “reckless and irresponsible”.

McDonald said:

“The Taoiseach’s comments are reckless and irresponsible. They are totally contrary to previous assertions regarding the government’s commitment to the backstop.

“The Taoiseach has consistently ruled out a border poll on Irish unity. Today he paints a doomsday scenario of a return of soldiers to the border in the event of a no deal Brexit.

“If that is the case then the only way to prevent such a scenario is by affording the Irish people their say in the form of a border poll on Irish unity.

“If Westminster insists on driving toward a no-deal crash, then a referendum on Irish unity, as provided for in the Good Friday Agreement, must be called as the entirely rational response, which would provide a pathway for the North to retain membership of the European Union.

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