‘Undermining of citizens’ rights will be rigorously opposed’ – O’Neill

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill has told the British Prime Minster that any attempt to dilute Irish citizenship rights are entirely unacceptable and will be rigorously opposed.

Michelle O’Neill was speaking after raising the issue in a phone call with Theresa May today.

The Sinn Féin Vice President said: “The Emma De Souza case has shone a light on the attempts by the British government to undermine Irish Citizenship.

“The British Government is once again attempting to undermine a central tenet of the Good Friday Agreement through the Home Office assertion that all people from the north of Ireland are regarded as being British citizens.

“This is simply not true and represents a blatant breach of the Good Friday Agreement which guarantees the right of citizens to identify as Irish, British or both.

“Crude attempts by London to undermine or redefine those rights as part of their reckless Brexit agenda are entirely unacceptable and will be rigorously opposed.

“The Good Friday Agreement, and the rights afforded by it, are international obligations. 

“They cannot be ignored or set aside.

“I also met with the Tánaiste Simon Coveney today and urged the Irish Government to defend the rights of Irish citizens as a co-guarantor of the Agreement. 

“This is not the first time London has sought to undermine the Good Friday Agreement to suit its own needs.”