Thursday, October 18, 2012
Kelly welcomes call for Border Poll
Cllr Anthony Kelly has welcomed Sinn Fein’s call for a border poll following on from the announcement that a date has been set for a similar event in Scotland. Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement the British and Irish governments agreed that at some stage in the future a poll would be held to determine the future of Ireland’s six northern counties.
Cllr Kelly said;
“The Sinn Féin call for a border poll on our island following on from the historic announcement of a similar poll in Scotland is to be welcomed. Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement it was accepted that such a poll would take place in the near future to determine the future of Ireland’s six northern counties. The time has now come for this poll to happen.”
“The Irish government should now prepare a green paper on Irish unity and get ready for a border poll. Such a poll has been guaranteed under the framework of the peace process and cannot be ignored.”
“Sinn Féin believes that uniting Ireland makes sense. There is absolutely no sense in an island this size having two authorities, two sets of ministers, two health services and so on. The invisible border that has divided our island for nine decades has caused as much economic strife as it has political. Unification will be good for the economy of the island of Ireland.”