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Fine Gael 'the United Ireland' party should support Six-County representation in Dáil - Ó Caoláin

8 May, 2006

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has called on the leader of Fine Gae party Enda Kenny to drop his opposition to representation in the Dáil for citizens in the Six Counties. Welcoming the decision of delegates at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis to support the use of Fine Gael’s sub-title 'the United Ireland' party, Deputy Ó Caoláin said this meant that the party’s opposition to Northern representation in the Oireachtas was "now untenable". Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"When the Taoiseach last year announced his proposal for limited Six-County representation in the Dáil by way of a Committee of the whole house to which MPs from the North-East would be invited, it was summarily rejected by Fine Gael. In a display of blatant partitionism, Enda Kenny refused to countenance the proposal.

"I welcome the fact that Fine Gael Ard Fheis delegates have voted to support the use of Fine Gael’s sub-title 'the United Ireland party'. If this has any meaning at all then Enda Kenny’s opposition to Six-County participation in the Dáil is now untenable.

"I am calling on Enda Kenny to live up to his claim to lead a 'United Ireland' party, to come into Leinster House this week and announce  his support for the participation of elected representatives from all of Ireland in the Dáil."

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