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Appetite for Irish Unity “growing everyday” says Sinn Féin Leader

"Irish Unity makes sense. The appetite for the Unity debate is growing every day. We want to build the maximum consensus for unity and win that referendum.”

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said that the appetite for the debate on Irish reunification is “growing everyday” and that a Tory Brexit will not delay the holding of a referendum on Irish unity.The Dublin Central TD was speaking outside Leinster House today and told An Phoblacht that the very nature of Brexit and the “blatant disregard” shown to Ireland by the Tory government underscores the imperative for Irish Unity. “It emphasises the need for the people, North and South, to have their say on the constitutional question and the future of this island”, she said.The Sinn Féin leader revealed she has already put this to British Prime Minister Theresa May, and that if the Tories continue to pursue a negotiation stance which can only led to a crash Brexit, the British Government will have to put the question on Irish Unity to the people in the form of a referendum.The Irish government must also act as a driver and persuader for Irish Unity, Deputy McDonald urged. "Irish Unity makes sense. The appetite for the Unity debate is growing every day. We want to build the maximum consensus for unity and win that referendum. “It [The Irish Government] must be proactive in preparing now for the economic, social, and political realities of Unity,” the Sinn Féin leader told An Phoblacht.“Sinn Féin wants to see a referendum as soon as possible, and want to build maximum consensus for unity in a bid to secure as strong a mandate for a united Ireland.”

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