Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill MLA has said Irish unity is now a real prospect and encouraged everyone to take part in the discussion on shaping a new Ireland.
Michelle O’Neill said:
“Continued divisions on the island of Ireland in 2019 are becoming ever less tenable in the face of national and international events.
“Brexit as well as other political and societal changes, will continue to drive events towards the logic of Irish unity.
“The prospect of a return to a hard border in Ireland has horrified the vast majority of people and is ensuring a determination that his country should move forward rather than back.
“It is increasingly clear that Partition is a huge obstacle to building a modern, open and forward-looking society with a dynamic economy.
“I welcome new and welcome public conversation is now underway about Ireland’s constitutional future post-Brexit.
“The Good Friday Agreement provides a democratic resolution to the problems caused to Ireland by Brexit – a democratic referendum on Irish reunification.
“A United Ireland is no longer a long-term aim and a referendum on Irish unity is now a very real prospect.
“Sinn Féin is campaigning for a referendum and this week, in advance of Easter we are drawing attention to the fact that it’s Time for Unity.
“We want as many people as possible to begin discussing how we share this island as the future unfolds.
“As part of raising awareness around this extremely important issue, we will holding a series of events to promote Irish unity.
“I hope this goes some way to engaging more people on the issue, so that together we can build a United Ireland fit for all our people.”