Sinn Féin will campaign vigorously to stay in the EU - McGuinness
Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said Ireland has benefited hugely from European Union membership and should remain within the EU.
Mr McGuinness said;
"The island of Ireland has benefited greatly as a result of membership of the European Union.
"Benefits of our EU membership can be felt daily across all sections of our society and many organisations and groups have directly benefited from EU funding.
"In particular, our agriculture and agri-food industry have gone from strength to strength with the help of EU Single Farm Payments.
"The EU has also supported key infrastructure projects and boosted our economy through peace and structural funds.
"It has also been a key supporter of the progress made in the peace and political processes over the last two decades.
"Businesses, industry, the agricultural sector and community and voluntary organisations have made it cleat that they want to continue to avail of the huge opportunities that exist as a result of our EU membership.
"The future of Ireland north and south is within the European Union and Sinn Fein will be campaigning vigorously to stay in"