United Ireland event to be staged in Derry

Matt Carthy pictured with Sinn Fein Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald.

Matt Carthy pictured with Sinn Fein Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald.

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Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy is to host a discussion in Derry on the economic argument for a United Ireland.

The event will be staged at Da Vinci’s Hotel this Thursday, February 23 at 1pm.

Sinn Fein have said that there is now an urgent need for an inclusive, constructive debate on the future, including around how a United Ireland will be brought about and what it might look like.

Speaking ahead of the event in Derry, Mr Carthy said: “We want to see a new Ireland with equal rights and equal opportunities for all citizens - an Ireland where citizens have the right to a job, to a home, and a decent standard of education.

“A new, united Ireland must also deliver new politics and fundamentally change the political status quo North and South.

“There will be a need for a new Constitution and Bill of Rights, and safeguards for the British identity in a united Ireland.

“This may involve constitutional and political safeguards for the unique identity of Northern unionists.”

Mr Carthy said that a united Ireland makes sense in terms of the economy, public services, investment, exports, agriculture, policing and justice and sport.

“There are no advantages for a small island of 6.4 million people on the edge of Europe in having two separate tax regimes, legal systems, and competing economic development programmes,” he said, adding:

“Removing barriers to trade, created by Partition will lead to significant economic growth across the island.

“A united Ireland would allow us to build a truly National Health Service.

“The Good Friday Agreement provides for peaceful and democratic constitutional change through concurrent referendums North and South.”

Those interested in attending the event are asked to e-mail Úna today, Tuesday 21, February at: ufadadoire@gmail.com.