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Doherty to focus on Subvention in Féile debate

29 July, 2019 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Sinn Féin Deputy leader in the Dáil and spokesperson on Finance Pearse Doherty TD will be taking part in a debate on the ‘Economics of Irish Unity’ at 11 am on August 3rd in St Mary’s University College, Belfast.

On the panel will be Paul Gosling, Ursula Barry and Martina Devlin.

The debate is part of Féile an Phobail.

Teachta Doherty said:

“I am looking forward to Saturday’s debate. In the context of Boris Johnson becoming British Prime Minister, and the increased likelihood of a British Brexit crash-out of the EU, the future shape and direction of the island of Ireland is now crucial for all the people who live on this island.

“Increasingly, Irish unity is being discussed. 

“Saturday’s debate will be asking what, if any, are the financial benefits in terms of economies of scale in a United Ireland? What financial savings can be made resulting from ending the duplication of services? And what are the implications for unity of the British subvention to the north. Is a united Ireland economically viable?

“As a result of some recent, and very detailed work, Sinn Féin now has a clearer picture of what the block grant and subvention actually are; how much they are worth; and consequently what the implications are for an all-island economy in a united Ireland when the block grant and subvention are gone.”

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