Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said the Irish government must represent the best interests of all Irish citizens on the island in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.
Mr McGuinness said;
“This forum is hugely important as it represents an opportunity to have an island-wide discussion on the impact of the recent EU referendum.
“This is not just an issue for the north; it will impact on the entire island and it is vital we deal with it on that basis.
“The Irish government will have a central role in the upcoming Brexit negotiations when article 50 is triggered.
“The British Tory party can’t be trusted to act in the best interests of the people of Ireland.
“It is crucial that the Irish government represents the national interests of all Irish citizens, of the economies north and south, and safeguards the advances of the Good Friday and other Agreements.”