BORDER POLL Government TD calls for Oireachtas Committee on Irish unity to prepare for possibility of a border poll
A government TD says Ireland needs an Oireachtas Committee on Irish Unity to prepare for a border poll.
Fine Gael’s Neale Richmond wants an Oireachtas Committee to examine a Northern Ireland border poll.
Dublin TD said a border poll could be held in ten years and called on the Irish government to be ready.
“A British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland could call a border poll on Irish unity within a decade,” he said.
“It’s the Irish government’s duty to be ready for a referendum,” he said.
“That’s why I’m calling for an all-party Oireachtas committee to examine Irish Unity’s challenges and opportunities.”
Many on the island ask what a United Ireland would look like and how much it would cost.
“Now is the time to bring together stakeholders, experts, and advocates of all positions in Parliament”
The UK Government’s hard line on Brexit has “changed the tone of the debate,” according to Deputy Richmond.
“Those of us who want a United Ireland, a New Ireland, must be prepared to work,” he said.
We can build a united, inclusive, EU-member New Ireland.
Brexit showed us what happens when you
ask a question without a clear answer. Let’s learn from Brexit and move forward responsibly.
Ireland’s Oireachtas Committee on the Good Friday Agreement has discussed Irish Unity.
An Irish Unity Committee would be a first for the government.
After this month’s Northern Ireland elections, Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald called for a border poll.