TDs to consider united Ireland and Scotland

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A proposal for a united Ireland and Scotland will be considered by members of the Dáil Joint Committee on Public Petitions on Tuesday, November 15.

Committee Chairman and Labour TD, Seán Sherlock, said: “Our meeting tomorrow will see the Committee consider and action petitions in a wide range of areas.

“We will cover matters that include unification; passport control and Criminal Justice (Aggravation by Prejudice) Bill 2016.”

One of the petitions is for the extension of an “offer of National Unification to Northern Ireland and Scotland.”

The petition follows a separate call by the Labour MP for Swansea West, Geraint Davies, last month that consideration be given to a united Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

During an exchange with SDLP MP Mark Durkan at Westminster, Mr Davies, asked whether one of the benefits of unifying Ireland would be the people of Northern Ireland being allowed to remain in the EU.

“He probably has not considered this, but will he consider extending that to Scotland - and indeed Wales, while he is at it - so they can join a unified Ireland?” asked Mr Davies.

The Dáil Joint Committee on Public Petitions will consider the united Ireland and Scotland proposal at 5pm on Tuesday.

Mr Sherlock said: “The Petitions Committee is unique in its engagement with the public and its facilitation of direct democracy through the petitions process.

“Citizen engagement is vital to the process and as such, I invite the public to submit their petitions to us. Petitions can be submitted online or by post and further information and advice on submitting a petition can be found at petitions.oireachtas.ie.”

You can watch the proceedings here.