Irish Government must heed the call of its own citizens - Ó Donnghaile
Speaking after a rally was held in Belfast this afternoon, demanding the rights of Irish citizens in the North be fully protected and legislated for under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile said;
“I want to commend those who took a respectful stand in defence of our rights today.
“A core tenet of the Good Friday Agreement states that a person born in the North can identify and crucially, be accepted, as Irish, British or both, and therefore is afforded equal treatment with regard to their rights.
“The assertions from the British Government in recent weeks that, ‘as a mater of law’ everyone born in the North is British, is a flagrant breach of the GFA.
“The message from today’s rally was clear, the British and Irish Government must take urgent and practical steps to fully codify in law their joint-obligations on citizenship contained within the Good Friday Agreement.
“This week in the Seanad we again heard encouraging words from An Taoiseach in relation to our rights - it’s now time we saw action. We are Irish. We are citizens. We will not accept being second class.”