Cllr Pearse McGeough – Time to talk about a United Ireland

Pearse McGeoughSinn Féin this week launched an important new discussion document on Irish unity.

Councillor Pearse McGeough, speaking today, said “Brexit opens up a unique opportunity to look again at the idea of unity. A united Ireland makes sense in terms of the economy, public services, investment, exports, agriculture, policing and justice and sport.”

“There are no advantages for a small island of just over six million people in having two separate tax systems, legal systems, and competing economic development programmes. Removing barriers to trade, created by the border will lead to significant economic growth across the island.”

The discussion document launched by Sinn Féin this week entitled ‘Towards a United Ireland’ outlines the case for unity.

Cllr McGeough explained “Sinn Féin wants to see a new Ireland where citizens have the right to a job, to a home, and a decent standard of education. A new, united Ireland must deliver new politics and fundamentally change the political status quo North and South.

“There will be a need for a new Constitution and Bill of Rights, and there may need to be constitutional and political safeguards for the unique identity of Northern unionists. The Good Friday Agreement provides for peaceful and democratic constitutional change through concurrent referendums North and South.

“Securing a referendum on Irish unity would be an historic opportunity for all the people of Ireland, allowing us to vote for the kind of government and society we wish to see.

“Sinn Féin has called for a Unity Poll and we are seeking an informed, reasoned and respectful dialogue on the issue. Now is the time to plan and to build the maximum support for unity. The leadership of those political parties which say they support Irish unity, acting together, could provide the leadership to deliver it.

“I believe the Government should start preparing for unity by establishing an all-party group to bring forward a Green Paper for Unity. I also believe they could start now to develop a plan for an all-island National Health Service and give citizens of this country what they deserve.

“I hope everyone gives this discussion document careful consideration and I would like to see other parties and organizations putting forward their ideas on this important issue.”

To view the discussion document please go to www.sinnfein.ie