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Mary Lou McDonald to Address Carrickdale Event

Uachtarán Shinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald TD will be in the Carrickdale Hotel on Thursday 30 March to address the People’s Assembly for the Louth, Armagh and Down Border Region.

The event is the fourth to be held by Sinn Féin’s Commission on the Future of Ireland. It will have an independent Chair, Conor Patterson of Newry and Mourne Enterprise Agency.

The panel will include; Reverend Karen Sethuraman; ICTU Assistant General Secretary Gerry Murphy; Mairéad McAlinden former CEO of the Southern Health & Social Care Trust and Aidan Browne of DkIt’s Regional Development Centre.

The panel  will discuss with the audience the impact of partition on the border region and the potential for jobs, the environmental, health provision and governance that Irish Unity can provide.

Uachtarán Shinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald said:

“I am looking forward to meeting with the people of the Louth, Armagh and Down border region and to discussing with them the future of our island and the benefits to the border region that Irish Unity can bring.

Why not come along and have your say on the shape of the new Ireland. Partition has been bad for the people of the border region. A United Ireland will provide new opportunities. Join the conversation on the future of Ireland. You can register at eventbrite.

I look forward to seeing you in the Carrickdale Hotel on Thursday 30 March at 7pm. Bígí linn”

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan said:

“The objective of the People’s Assembly is to provide a space in which citizens can have their say on future constitutional arrangements; on political and democratic structures and governance; on identity and culture; on the role of the Irish government in the setting up a Citizens’ Assembly and of the Irish and British governments in setting a date for the holding of the unity referendum provided for in the Good Friday Agreement.

The discussion around Irish Unity has grown enormously in recent years. The chaos around Brexit, the Protocol, the actions of the Tory government in London and the behaviour of the DUP have all added to this.

People want change – North and South. It makes sense to plan for this. Consequently the Irish government should hold a national Citizens Assembly as part of this necessary process.


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