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Time for an all-Ireland conversation and forum on unity – McDonald

15 February, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD today addressed the ‘All-Ireland Civic Dialogue on Brexit’ at Dublin Castle.

Speaking at the event, Teachta McDonald called for an all-Ireland conversation and forum to plan for a referendum on Irish unity.

The Sinn Féin President said:

“We are six weeks out from Brexit. The British Prime Minister has effectively binned her own agreement and is counting down the clock, demanding a renegotiation in order to appease the DUP and hard-line Brexiteers.

“Ireland did not consent to Brexit. We do not consent to a hard border. We believe that the ‘backstop’ contained within the withdrawal agreement is a vital insurance policy to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and must be upheld. It is the bare minimum that is required.

“However, it is time to look beyond Brexit and beyond partition. If the border cannot be mitigated, it must be removed.

“The demand for Irish unity is growing. Ireland north and south is changing. Now is the time to look the future.

“It is time for an all-Ireland conversation and forum to look to the future. To plan for all possible outcomes. To define a new and united Ireland.” 

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