The Daily Mirror- “‘Prepare us for a peaceful united Ireland after Brexit’ – Politicians want a forum to tackle border”

The Joint Oireachtas Committee report said a new forum should be set up to achieve a nationalist consensus on how to unite the island.

By Michael McHugh, The Daily Mirror: http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/politics/prepare-peaceful-united-ireland-after-10919414

Ireland should begin preparing for “peaceful reunification” to address the long-term consequences of Brexit, parliamentarians urged yesterday.

The Joint Oireachtas Committee report said a new forum should be set up to achieve a nationalist consensus on how to unite the island.

It added: “The road map to achieve the constitutional aspiration of the peaceful reunification of Ireland and its peoples under the Good Friday Agreement could begin in the same way as the original New Ireland Forum.

“We recommend the establishment of A New Ireland Forum 2 which would be the mechanism whereby the status quo logjam and long-term consequence of Brexit for the people of this island could be addressed.”

The committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement report on Irish unity was drawn up by Fianna Fail Senator Mark Daly.

Chair Kathleen Funchion said he was appointed to consider what Ireland should seek to have included in the final Brexit deal, particularly in the event of the North voting for reunification, and what the State needs to do to peacefully achieve its “constitutional obligation”.

She added: “The committee recognises the matters examined were complex and sensitive. The rationale behind the report was to examine challenges and to seek to identify concerns and explore how they could be addressed.”

The committee also said the North should be treated as a special case worthy of ongoing EU support after Brexit in 2019.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said the constitutional position was settled.

She added: “From an economic point of view, it is a no-brainer when you see the benefits we gain from our membership of the UK, so that is a non-runner.

“It is not a matter for reports from the Dail.”

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