Government should begin preparations for Irish unity
Responding to Michael McDowell's assertion that it was his belief that there would be a united Ireland in the coming years and that it was his desire that it should come about, the Sinn Féin leader in the Dáil, Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin TD said, "It will take more than rhetoric" to make a united Ireland a reality. The Cavan/Monaghan TD added that it would need "serious strategic planning to bring it about."
Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "If Michael McDowell is to be taken seriously in his latest pronouncement on the merits of a united Ireland it will take more than rhetoric. If he has any genuine desire to see a united Ireland then he would be actively engaged in a process to bring it about.
"The project of reunification is a massive task that faces us all on the island of Ireland. It will need serious strategic planning to bring it about.
"Therefore Michael McDowell should explain to the people of Ireland why his Government rejected the recent Sinn Féin Dáil motion on the issue. We specifically called on the Dáil 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. A United Ireland will only come about through careful planning, which addresses the concerns of all the people of the island, including the unionist community.
"Minister McDowell's call for a diverse and multi-cultural Ireland is also ironic given the punitive policies he pursues on immigration and asylum and his record of deporting Irish children."