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Sinn Fein calls for a border poll

Gerry Adams said the poll will allow voters to determine the “status” of the North and “provide opportunity for a historic debate on the future of this island”.

Sinn Fein Party President, Gerry Adams.
Sinn Fein Party President, Gerry Adams.
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

SINN FÉIN PRESIDENT Gerry Adams is calling for a border poll to be held under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement in the next term of the Assembly and Oireachtas.

Speaking today at a conference in Dublin, the Sinn Féin leader said the political and demographic landscape in the north is “changing” and called on the governments “to set a date”.

Acknowledging the differing views of Northern Ireland, Adams said the poll would protect all citizens, “including rigorously and unequivocally seeking to protect all identities and traditions” and added, “in the event of a united Ireland the right of those who define themselves as British will not be affected”.


Adams believes that the partition has also been bad for the economy and jobs and said “a planned single island economy would be good for prosperity… and would benefit everyone. Together is stronger”.

What do you think? Should a border poll be held?

Poll Results:

Yes (2806)
No (1690)
I don't know (781)

Read: Adams: The vast majority of the Belfast protests are illegal >

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