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'British government disregarding Good Friday Agreement on citizenship' - Ó Donnghaile

4 April, 2019 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile


Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile has said the British government continue to disregard the Good Friday Agreement.

Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile was speaking after it came to light this afternoon that the review announced by British Prime Minister Theresa May into possible violations of the Good Friday Agreement around citizenship, doesn’t have a terms of reference or even a timescale for completion.

Niall Ó Donnghaile said:

“In her last visit to Belfast Theresa May announced there was to be a review carried out into possible violations of the Good Friday Agreement on people’s Irish citizenship.

“Today we learned that the British government has no plans to make this a formal review and there is no timescale for completion.

“This response coupled with Caroline Noke’s remarks that, ‘as a matter of law’, all the people of the north are British citizens by birth shows the complete disregard the British government has for the Good Friday Agreement.

“The British government is constantly undermining the Good Friday Agreement. 

It is time that the Irish government as co-guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement including its citizenship clause, started to defend it and stand up for the rights of Irish citizens in the north.

"Today the Oireachtas Committee for the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, endorsed my proposal that Emma DeSouza and other citizens’ rights groups present to members as a matter of urgency.”

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