Minister Flanagan’s remarks ‘ill-informed and devoid of reality’ – Ó Donnghaile
Speaking in response to a number of tweets published by Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan over the weekend, Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has called on the Minister to reflect on his remarks and temper his tone.
Speaking in Belfast today, Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said;
“Irish Unity is a central component of the Good Friday Agreement. It is a legitimate exercise in democratic expression. Those who advocate for it should be respected on the same basis as other political perspectives in Ireland.
“The people of Ireland voted in overwhelming numbers for the GFA, whereas Ireland did not consent to Brexit. I am baffled that the senseless and reckless dangers of Brexit are not the targets of Minister Flanagan’s ire; rather the potential solution, Irish unity, is his focus for attack.
“The political, economic and societal tide is shifting. People are engaged on the issue of Irish Unity in a way not seen in a generation. While appreciating Minister Flanagan spent very little time here in his previous capacity as Foreign Affairs Minister, it is obvious that his latest remarks are even more monumentally out of touch and ignorant of the political reality transpiring on the ground.
“The Irish government have a historic and constitutional responsibility to work towards unity; Minister Flanagan should remember that.”