Sinn Féin MPs to tour Britain to drum up support for Irish unity

West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty is address Irish communities in London. Picture by Declan Roughan
John Monaghan

SINN Féin MPs are to embark on a speaking tour of Irish communities in Britain as part of a campaign to drum up support for reunification in the wake of Brexit.

The tour, entitled 'Opening the debate on Irish unity' will take place over the next two weeks in cities in England and Scotland, with the party hoping to announce future venues after Easter.

West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty, accompanied by Galway City councillor Mairéad Farrell, will speak on Tuesday in the London Irish Centre in Camden Square.

Talks will follow in Manchester and Liverpool by Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady, while Mid-Ulster MP Francie Molloy will speak in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Mr Doherty claimed Brexit and the assembly election had strengthened the case for reunification, adding: "As Irish republicans, it isn't a matter of if we will achieve a united Ireland – it's a matter of how and when."

Mr Brady said: "These are communities which have endured and maintained their Irish identity against all the odds.

"There is enormous potential to mobilise support and place Irish unity on the political agenda in England."

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