Demand for a unity poll is growing – Mary Lou McDonald
Sinn Féin activists from across Ireland today gathered in Dublin to discuss the campaign for Irish unity and the growing demand for a unity poll.
Addressing the event, party President Mary Lou McDonald reiterated her challenge to the government to convene an Irish unity forum.
Mary Lou McDonald TD said:
“There is an increasing demand from across society for a poll on Irish unity. Poll after poll shows this to be true. To those who say ‘now is not the time’ – we say you are wrong. History is unfolding, the next chapter is being written. Now is the time.
“The people of Ireland did not agree to Brexit and the imposition of a hard border in our country. Citizens in the north voted to remain in the EU.
“That vote has been ignored by the British government who have no concern about the impact their Brexit will have on the people here.
“The Good Friday Agreement provides a route to remove the border once and for all. The democratic and right thing to do is to put this proposition to the people and give them their say.
“Regardless of Brexit, there will be a unity referendum. In our time we now have an opportunity denied to generations – a peaceful and democratic route to Irish unity; to build a new and united Ireland.
“The government cannot continue to shout this down. The time has come for a unity forum to be convened and for planning to commence. Sinn Féin is ready and up for this challenge.”