Boris Johnson must respect the Remain Vote – Ó Murchú

Sinn Féin general election candidate for Louth, Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú, has travelled to Belfast this morning to participate in a demonstration to coincide with the visit of the new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Councillor Ó Murchú said;

“I have travelled to Belfast this morning with many others who, like me, want to show their opposition to Brexit and to the attitude of the new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“Mr Johnson’s comments that he will abolish the ‘backstop’ and that he is prepared for Britain to withdraw from the EUwith no deal in place will have devastating consequences for the people of this island.

“A report published last month by the British Government indicated 142 areas of co-operation between the 26 counties and the north and between the island of Ireland and Britain.  Brexit jeopardises all of this.

“A report published just two weeks ago by the North’s Department for the Economy predicts 40,000 jobs at risk in the event of a no deal Brexit.  

“Job losses of that magnitude will have a ripple effect right across this country.

“It is absolutely incumbent on the Irish Government, while remaining steadfast in support of the withdrawal agreement and the backstop, to prepare for a hard Brexit and to outline a financial package for vulnerable sectors in the event that this occurs.

“The other imperative for the Irish Government is to prepare for Irish Unity.

“Irish Unity is a realistic and legitimate aspiration and it is now a daily topic of discussion.

“The reunification of Ireland is not only desirable in the event of a hard Brexit, but growing economic opinions state the financial benefits which unity could bring.  

“It is the responsibility of the Irish Government to actively explore this possibility.”

Adams briefs Louth party activists on Northern crisis

Adams Louth Briefing 2017 JanSinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams TD and party colleague Imelda Munster briefed a special meeting of the Louth constituency organisation on Thursday evening in Dundalk.

The previous day he and Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald met the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to discuss “the deepening crisis in the political institutions in the North and the role of the Irish and British governments in helping to achieve a sustainable resolution.”

Speaking after the Dundalk meeting the Louth TD said:

“The Good Friday Agreement and the peace process have helped bring about significant political and economic progress on the island of Ireland. This has brought benefits for all the people of this island but especially the border communities and towns like Dundalk. The removal of the militarised border has helped transform this region.

“No one has worked harder to achieve this than Sinn Féin, and in particular Martin McGuinness. The current crisis surrounding the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI)scheme is a direct result of the DUP’s arrogant handling of this financial scandal and of allegations from within the DUP of corruption, fraud and incompetence involving half a billion pounds. Resolving this crisis will require transparency, accountability and zero tolerance of corruption.

“There are also major issues surrounding the functioning of the institutions, and of the failure to abide by the principles of parity of esteem, equality, and respect which are part of the Good Friday Agreement.

“As co-equal guarantors of the Agreement the Irish and British governments have a responsibility to defend and implement the Good Friday Agreement. The British government will not do this unless the Irish government holds them to account. The British refusal to fulfil its their obligations has to be tackled. The government now needs to engage positively in an ongoing and consistently strategic way with the British government to ensure the full implementation of the Agreement.

“There can be no return to the status quo and no short-term sticking plaster approach. Our party position is clear. Following the resignation of the deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness there must be an election. Sinn Féin does not yet see any basis for a credible negotiation this side of that. It is time for the people to have their say.”