Irish unity debate opens in Leinster House
Sinn Féin Dáil Group Leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin will this evening open the debate on the party's Private Members motion 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."
In attendance for the opening of the debate will be party President Gerry Adams MP, Pat Doherty MP, Conor Murphy MP and party MLAs from the Six Counties.
Earlier today Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh and MLA John O'Dowd briefed 29 members of the Diplomatic Corps on the need for urgent action to advance the peace process and on party's proposals for a Green Paper on Irish Unity. Among those in attendance were senior representatives from South Africa, Denmark, Britain, Russia, Germany, Japan, Greece, Norway, Slovenia, Mexico, Belgium and Austria.