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Senator Mark Daly
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Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Transport Mark Daly has called on the Minister for Foreign Affairs to ensure that Irish citizens, stranded in Australia, are brought home.
Senator Daly said, “I have been contacted by families across Ireland whose loved ones are trying to get back to Ireland, but whose flights have been delayed or cancelled. Some of these people want to come home to help out in the health service, while others are coming to the end of their visa and need to get home before it runs out.
“Many of those stranded have no work and are worried about running out of money. They, or their families have shelled out huge amounts of money for flights back to Ireland, but now those flights have been cancelled.
“I am calling on Minister Simon Coveney to ensure that flights are arranged to bring those who are stranded in Australia back to Ireland. He must engage with the relevant airlines and authorities to ensure that flights are scheduled in the coming days to cater for those wanting to come home”, concluded Senator Daly.
Speaking on KFM on the release of the report on Calling of a Referendum on a United Ireland By The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Senator Mark Daly speaks to Newstalk Lunchtime on the issue of a future referendum on a United Ireland
Under the Good Friday Agreement and the Northern Ireland Act, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has the power to call a referendum, but also has the power to decide who gets to vote in that referendum, Mr Daly said.
His comments follow the publication of a poll by LucidTalk, a Belfast research company, based on responses from 2,386 people which was conducted last week in Northern Ireland and published in the Sunday Times.
The poll, which has margin of error of 2.6%, found that two out of three voters believed Brexit made it more likely that the Northern Ireland would join with the Republic.
Senator Daly said that currently in a UK referendum, only British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens aged 18 or over on polling day are entitled to vote.
However, in the Scottish Independence referendum, those entitled to vote also included EU citizens and those aged 16 and over.
Senator Daly said the Secretary for State can decide who votes in a referendum but has yet to make clear who would be entitled to vote.
“As it stands, a referendum on a United Ireland could potentially be decided by the Secretary of State before a single vote is cast,” he said.
He added: “The major lesson for Ireland from the Brexit crisis is the unforeseen consequences of holding a referendum with proper planning.
“A United Ireland requires long-term planning and preparation with all sides.”
Brexit crisis shows consequences of holding a referendum without proper preliminary steps – Mark Daly
Long-term planning and preparation is required for a united Ireland, an Mark Daly has said. Photograph: Alan Betson
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has previously warned that now is not the time to prepare for a referendum on a united Ireland.
Mr Daly said: “The major lesson for Ireland from the Brexit crisis is the unforeseen consequences of holding a referendum without proper planning.
“A united Ireland requires long-term planning and preparation with all sides.”
He analysed court documents from victims’ campaigner Raymond McCord’s recent legal challenge surrounding Brexit.
Mr Daly said: “As it stands, a referendum on a united Ireland could potentially be decided by the Secretary of State before a single vote is cast.
“The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland cannot say the majority are or are not in favour of a united Ireland until it is decided who will be allowed to vote in a referendum.”
He said there was an urgent need for more policy and greater clarity.
Mr Varadkar has said the time is not right to begin official planning for a referendum on Irish unity.
A recent poll revealed more than two-thirds of voters in Northern Ireland believe Brexit will make a United Ireland more likely within the next 10 years.
Senator Daly said: “My response to the Taoiseach is that policy neglect seldom goes unpunished and we are well aware that Northern Ireland has a tragic history of denying people the right to vote. The future referendum on a united Ireland cannot be another chapter in that story.”