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IRSP launch Irish unity referendum campaign

Ciarán Cunningham launches the IRSP policy document calling for a border poll last year

THE IRSP has launched campaign to secure a referendum on Irish unity.

Members used St Patrick's Day parades in Belfast, Derry, Strabane and Glasgow on Saturday to launch the campaign.

The party says it chose St Patrick's Day after a delegation recently visited Catalonia, which held its own vote on independence from Spain last year.

The IRSP previously had laid out its position on the issue of a referendum in its ‘Britain out of Ireland, Ireland out of the EU' document in which it said it would support and work towards a border poll or unity referendum.

The party said it carried out a mock poll in Strabane at the weekend where it says out of 306 votes cast only two opposed unity.

IRSP member Ciarán Cunningham said the“ the demographic shifts which now see thousands of young people confidently express progressive Irish nationalism on a street level must also be channelled at a political level, with that confidence expressed in the form of campaigning openly for a border poll and a successful outcome”.

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