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Dáil to debate motion on Irish reunification - Gerry Adams & Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin available to talk to media at 3pm, Leinster House

2 November, 2005


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams and the Party's leader in the Dáil, Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin TD will be available to talk to the media outside the main gates of Leinster House at 3pm today in advance of the debate on Irish reunification talking place in the Dáil this evening.

The debate will be centred on a motion being put forward during Private Members Business by the five Sinn Féin TDs calling on all parties in Leinster House to "prepare politically, economically, socially and culturally for Irish unification, identifying steps and measures, including a Green Paper, which can assist a successful transition to a united Ireland."

Speaking in advance Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "Sinn Féin is putting forward this motion as a genuine and honest effort to secure cross-party consensus on the issue of Irish reunification. We have worded this motion in recognition of the stated policy position of all political parties in Leinster House who say they want to see a united Ireland.

"Reunification is a totally legitimate objective of the Irish people and their representatives. It is recognised as such in the Good Friday Agreement. But it needs action if it is to happen - it will not happen by ignoring it or remaining silent or inactive on it." ENDS

Motion is as follows:

Dáil Éireann

Private Members Business, 2 - 3 November 2005

"That Dáil Éireann:

· re-affirming its support for the Good Friday Agreement as endorsed in referendums by the people of Ireland North and South;

· recognising the political progress brought about by the peace process and the Agreement, benefiting all the people of Ireland; and

· reiterating its appreciation of the work undertaken to date by the North-South Ministerial Council and by the North-South bodies;

· resolves to:

· work for the full implementation of the Agreement in all its aspects and for the re-establishment of the institutions of the Agreement at the earliest date;

· promote all-Ireland policies and strategies, benefiting all parts of the island;

· actively seek to persuade Unionists, through dialogue, of the advantages of Irish unification for all the people who share this island, in their diversity; and

· prepare politically, economically, socially and culturally for Irish unification, identifying steps and measures, including a Green Paper, which can assist a successful transition to a united Ireland."

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Seán Crowe, Martin Ferris, Arthur Morgan, Aengus Ó Snodaigh.

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