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'Now is the time for unity': Mary Lou McDonald calls on Government to set up unity forum

She said that the Irish Government must not turn away from the “inevitable”.

SINN FÉIN LEADER Mary Lou McDonald has called on the Irish government to convene a forum to begin planning for Irish unity.

Speaking today at the ‘Beyond Brexit’ conference in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall, McDonald said it was “irresponsible and arrogant for a Dublin government to shut down any prospect of a unity referendum”. 

As protests take place in Belfast and across the border this afternoon, McDonald described how a No Deal Brexit would be catastrophic for Ireland as a whole. 

She said that the Irish Government must not turn away from the “inevitable” and urged it not to deny people their democratic right to define their future”.

“The biggest mistake – and most reckless course of action – is for leaders to set their face against the inevitable and to try to deny the people their democratic right to define their future.

“It is irresponsible and arrogant for a Dublin government to shout down any prospect of a unity referendum.

“The responsible thing to do is to play a part in shaping change and engage in the debate that is underway.

“I want to, again, challenge the government in Dublin to convene a forum to begin the planning for Irish unity.” 

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