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Ireland's Future urges taoiseach to prepare for unity

Ireland's Future secretary Niall Murphy. Picture by Hugh Russell

CIVIC nationalism group Ireland's Future has urged the taoiseach to "plan and prepare for constitutional change on the island of Ireland".

The call was made during a virtual meeting the group's representatives held with Micheál Martin yesterday.

Ireland's Future came to prominence last year when it organised a series of public events aimed at broadening the conversation around the potential for Irish reunification.

Speaking after yesterday's meeting, group secretary Niall Murphy said the civic conversation about constitutional change was intensifying.

“The north has been forced out of the EU against the will of its citizens, and we watch as a shambolic government in Westminster plots a delusional political future in the international wilderness," he said.

“We impressed upon the taoiseach that to say constitutional change is simply off the table is the wrong approach for him to take."

Mr Martin has stressed that his department's recently established Shared Island Unit will not "increase momentum towards a border poll".

Mr Murphy said the Fianna Fáil leader was urged to establish an all-island Citizens' Assembly to look at the potential for Irish unity.

“We outlined to the taoiseach that there is a significant section of the population in the north that support re-entry to the EU via a unity referendum – the voices of these people must be heard and respected," he said.

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