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Unanimous support for motion on Irish Unity at Waterford City Council

5 September, 2006

Sinn Féin Waterford City Councillor David Cullinane expressed his delight at the unanimous backing in Waterford City Council for a motion in support of Irish Unity. The motion called for the commissioning of a Green Paper on Irish Unity. It also called for the establishment of a dedicated Joint Committee of the Oireachtais on Irish Unity and the appointment of a Minister for state with responsibility for driving forward strategies aimed at delivering a United Ireland.

Cllr Cullinane said:

"I am delighted that all councillors present endorsed this very important motion on Irish Unity. All political parties which profess to be nationalist and republican need to work together in planning and driving forward strategies which can deliver on Irish Unity. The commissioning of a Green Paper on Irish Unity provides us all with the opportunity to identify steps and measures which can promote and assist a successful transition to a United Ireland. All parties must rise to this challenge and a Joint Committee of the Oireacthais on Irish Unity would be a welcome start.

"I passionately believe that an Independent United Ireland is the best way forward for all of the people on this Island. The partition of Ireland has failed everyone, republican and unionist alike. I am working for the development of a new state and a new society that all Irish people can share. A United Ireland must deliver real social and economic change for its entire people and bring about a more equal and just society. The Good Friday Agreement needs to be implemented in full and indeed expanded upon. I welcome the unanimous endorsement of this motion which I believe accurately reflects the views of the vast majority of people in Waterford who desire to see a United Ireland." ENDS

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