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Irish MP’s from the North should be given speaking rights in the Dáil – Ó Donnghaile

13 June, 2017 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile, while leading on the Order of Business in the Seanad today, has called on the incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Mícheál Martin to support extending 'the long-standing promise, that MPs from the north would have speaking rights in the Oireachtas'.

This he said was a more "appropriate response" to the outstanding election result than the "nonsense" calls from Mícheál Martin and others regional parties like Fine Gael and Labour, that Sinn Fein MPs should attend Westminster.

Speaking today, Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said;

"I wonder would the same people have advised those who set up the First Dáil in 1919? That such a bold and decisive decision was folly and that Sinn Féin MPs should take their seats at Westminster instead.

"While I wish outgoing Taoiseach Enda Kenny well in his retirement, the incoming Taoiseach will need to have a more direct and hands on involvement in the North, bringing the authority of his office to bear on the direction of the nation's politics".

"I also call on the incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to assist all elected representatives, nationalist and unionist in achieving a new society in the North".

"A rights-based society is the only basis on which Sinn Féin will help set up an Executive and Assembly and the all-Ireland bodies, which must also include respect and accommodation for the clear expressed will of the Nationalist people in the North who don’t see their future being served at Westminster but in Dublin.”

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