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Irish government must legislate to protect citizens in the North - Ó Donnghaile

3 February, 2019 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile


Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has called on the Irish government to legislate for the rights of citizens based in the North who are being subjected to the reckless dangers and uncertainties of Brexit. 

Speaking in Belfast today, Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said: 

“There is live concern about what was described in the Oireachtas last week as ‘the rights and equality crisis’ facing people in the north due to the failure to properly realise the legislative outworking of the Good Friday Agreement.

“As Irish citizens in the six counties are increasingly energised due to the dangers posed to them by Brexit, they look to both the Irish government and the Good Friday Agreement to protect their rights and entitlements. 

“More than ever they are aware and demanding to know what precisely their rights as Irish and EU citizens will look like, not only in the longer term context of Brexit, but also what it means for them to hold Irish citizenship in the here and now.

“As the government move ahead with its proposed ‘Brexit Omnibus Bill’ it is vital that the necessary legislative requirements are made now to protect Irish citizens interests in the most comprehensive and understood way possible.”

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