Northern Ireland

Ireland's Future urges Dáil election candidates to back Citizens Assembly on Irish unity

 Niall Murphy of Ireland's Future. Picture by Mal McCann
Niall Murphy of Ireland's Future. Picture by Mal McCann

CIVIC nationalism group Ireland's Future has called on prospective TDs to support a Citizens Assembly on Irish unity.

The group's representatives, singer Frances Black and Belfast lawyer Niall Murphy, have written to more than 400 election election candidates in the Republic asking them to back the forum if they are returned to Dáil Eireann in ten days time.

A year go, Ireland's Future staged the Beyond Brexit rally at Belfast's Waterfront Hall, followed by similar events in Newry and Dublin.

The group seeks to promote discussion about a united Ireland in the context of the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

Its letter to candidates urges the incoming Dublin government to support this process "based on the democratic change set out in the Good Friday Agreement", namely by convening an "all-island Citizens Assembly", similar to that set up ahead of the referenda on same sex marriage and abortion liberalisation.

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"It is only right and prudent that a government plans for the future," the letter to candidates states.

"We must learn from the mistakes of Brexit. We must debate and discuss, plan and prepare for constitutional change on our island."

The letter says the forum must be entirely representative of all views and traditions "that share this island". However, both DUP leader Arlene Foster and her Ulster Unionist counterpart Steve Aiken have ruled out taking part in any forum on Irish unity.

The group plans to publish the responses it receives from the election candidates.

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