Conor Murphy MLA: There Can Be No Tory-DUP Brexit Border

Conor Murphy MLA

Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy MLA has today rejected British government plans to hire British Border Force officials to monitor the British border in Ireland as a result of Brexit.

The Newry Armagh MLA said:

“With this British Border Force recruitment drive, the British government are clearly planning to impose their hard Brexit border across the island of Ireland.

“It shows that the Tories see a hard border as the predetermined outcome of the Brexit negotiations despite the fact they have already agreed to an option to avoid it.

“There can be no Tory-DUP Brexit border across Ireland. This is a deeply damaging, disruptive and dangerous position, rejected overwhelmingly by the people of this island.

“It also points to the Tory-DUP pact’s growing disregard for the Good Friday Agreement, which allows citizens to determine their own identity free from discrimination.

“Not only are they ignoring the democratic expressions of Irish citizens, they’re also actively excluding them by reserving these posts solely for citizens with British passports.

“This is naked discrimination of a public sector position, and a statement of intent to impose a Brexit border in Ireland. Sinn Féin reject both these discriminatory plans unreservedly.”

It emerged earlier this week that the position of these British Brexit Border Force personnel would all be the holders of a British passport. We are truly heading back to the bad old days. Please prepare for Brexit in whatever you can because it is going to be detrimental to the border areas and to Ireland as a whole.

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Conor Murphy MLA to Address Newry Palestine Rally

Conor Murphy MLA

Sinn Féin Newry & Armagh MLA  Conor Murphy will address a rally in Newry City on Saturday organised by the Irish Friends of Palestine Newry & Mourne  in solidarity with the people of Gaza following the massacre of sixteen Palestinians in Gaza by the Israeli military last Friday.

The Sinn Féin MLA said: “The international community watched in outrage as Palestinians taking part in legitimate protests at the border on Friday were fired upon by the Israeli military, killing at least 16 and wounding hundreds of others.

“Statements from the Israeli military in the aftermath of this massacre are reminiscent of those of the British army after Bloody Sunday.

“There can be no doubt, what happened in Gaza was nothing short of a massacre. The international community has consistently failed to defend the rights of the Palestinian people who face flagrant human rights abuses on a daily basis, this needs to change. Israel must be held accountable for this atrocity.

“I am urging the Irish government to finally take a stand against Israeli aggression and violence. An Taoiseach should expel the Israeli Ambassador and officially recognise the state of Palestine as approved by the Dáil in 2014. There can be no further delay.

“I will be addressing a rally outside Newry Town Hall organised by the Friends of Palestine this Saturday 7 April at 12pm.”