Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s assertion that he aspires to a United Ireland but also said “the Taoiseach should match his aspiration by devising and supporting strategies to promote the agreed reunification of Ireland.”
Teachta Adams said;
“The Irish government, and particularly the Taoiseach, should become active persuaders for Irish Unity.”
“If the Taoiseach is serious about a united Ireland he should help to build and present convincing and cogent arguments in favour of it.
“He should engage with Unionism on that basis.
“The potential for progress demands a new approach aimed at unlocking Unionist opposition to a new future by reminding them of the positive contribution they have made to society on this island.
“This is where the Irish government could play a critical role. Sinn Féin has sought the establishment of an Oireachtas Committee on Irish Unity in which all these matters can be addressed and debated in a constructive and positive way. The Taoiseach should support this.”
Mr Adams concluded:
“Aspiration is good but it’s not enough. Irish Unity must be planned for and it must be worked for. Brexit has reenergised and reshaped the debate about a United Ireland. There are many more people talking positively about a United Ireland that at any time in recent years.
“Sinn Féin wants to see a Irish Unity referendum in the next five years. We believe that such a referendum is achievable in that timeframe and we also believe that it is winnable.”