SDLP Claire Hanna suggests idea of Donegal sending elected representatives to Ulster assembly in a united Ireland
The possibility of Donegal returning elected representatives to an Ulster assembly in a united Ireland was raised this week in the Oireachtas.
SDLP MP Claire Hanna asked Derry human rights lawyer Colin Harvey if he believed devolution should be pursued within Ireland in the event of unity being mandated in a referendum.
“Does Professor Harvey see any potential in following other forms of devolution that might be prompted by having a Northern Assembly, whether that is opportunities for the north west and Donegal to participate in that? Does he see devolution being a regional parliament for Cork?
“Does he see basically the presence of a Northern Assembly stimulating conversations about other forms of devolution of power, such as an enhancement of the role of county councils?” said the South Belfast MP during a meeting of the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.
Prof. Harvey responded: “The devolution conversation - the conversation around the Northern institutions - is profoundly helpful because, in my view, the Irish State is over-centralised. One of the great positives about this discussion is that it will encourage a wider discussion in Ireland around regional policy.
“Many regions on this island have been fundamentally failed, Donegal, for example, through the excessive over-centralisation of the existing State. If this conversation encourages a wider, deeper and more inclusive discussion about the over-centralisation of the current Irish State, that would be very welcome for people in the north west, for example.”