Sinn Féin Councillor Barra Ó Muirí says that NMDDC’s Working Group on Irish Unity will provide an opportunity to discuss how the council can prepare, plan and consult on the possibility of constitutional change in Ireland.
The group will be established following the passing of a motion proposed by Cllr Ó’ Muirí and seconded by his colleague, Cllr. Roisin Howell.
The Slieve Gullion councillor said:
“There has been an increasing realisation that the social and economic interests of the people of the north do not even register at Westminster.
“Brexit has reinforced this reality.
“As a result, Irish Unity is no longer an abstract concept but is now central to the debate that is going throughout political life and within civic society.
“This Working Group will be a good opportunity for us to discuss how our Council can prepare, plan and consult on the possibility of constitutional change in Ireland.
“We will also explore how we can collaborate with similar working groups established by other local authorities across the north and in the south.
“Planning for the future is also the responsibility of the Irish Government and Sinn Féin has called many times for the establishment of an All-Island citizens’ assembly to talk about our future and plan the new Ireland.
“The working group will make recommendations to council’s Governance & Strategic Planning committee in the coming months which will inform wider engagement with our constituents as well as the local community and business sector in the time ahead.”