Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Paul McAuliffe
18 January 2016
Fianna Fáil should campaign in Northern Ireland referendum – McAuliffe
Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Dublin North West, Cllr Paul McAuliffe has today called on the party to lead a positive campaign in Northern Ireland for the UK to remain a member of the European Union.
“This referendum affects us all, even if we don’t live near the border. As chair of Dublin City Council’s Economic Committee, I’m all too well aware of the massive trade relationship between companies in Dublin and Belfast. People employed by those businesses cannot afford any change to the free trade agreements or to the free movement of citizens across the border.
“Together with our friends and colleagues in both the SDLP and the Alliance Party, Fianna Fáil must make the case that Northern Ireland is better off in Europe. After all that has been achieved in the Good Friday Agreement, It would be unconscionable for border checks to be reintroduced on this island. That could be a real outcome if the UK as a whole voted to leave.” said Cllr McAuliffe.
Fianna Fáil fought hard along with the British Government and all communities in the north to deliver peace in the Good Friday Agreement. Brexit would seriously undermine that agreement and we should be willing to fight against it and in favour of the positive role which the EU has played on our Island. For agriculture, for women, for employment rights and much much more.
“Serious constitutional questions would also need to be asked in the event of the UK as a whole voting to leave, and Northern Ireland opting to remain,” he added.
“As Micheál Martin reminded us at the Ard Fheis, we are committed to Ireland as a whole. This campaign affects Irish citizens across the island and our members in Northern Ireland want us to step forward and lead a campaign in the North,” concluded Cllr McAuliffe.