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Irish Government urged to include border vote in national risk report

https://www.itv.com/news/2019-06-23/irish-government-urged-to-include-border-vote-in-national-risk-report/

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23/06/19

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The border between Londonderry and Donegal at Bridgend Photo: Deborah McAleese/PA

The Irish Government’s refusal to include the possibility of a border poll in its report on threats to the country’s economy has left a void, a Fianna Fail senator has claimed.

Party senator Mark Daly accused the Government of neglecting policy by not including any future referendum on removing the Irish border in its National Risk Assessment.

The national assessment identifies geopolitical, economic, environmental, social and technological risks to the Irish economy.

Mr Daly and Fianna Fail TD Sean Fleming have issued a joint submission to the Government’s draft assessment consultation urging Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to address the possibility of a united Ireland.

Senator Mark Daly, who has called for the Irish Government to include the possibility of a border poll in its National Risk Assessment
Senator Mark Daly, who has called for the Irish Government to include the possibility of a border poll in its National Risk Assessment Credit: PA

The island has been divided into two separate jurisdictions since 1921.

The report will carry out a wide-ranging assessment of threats including global warming, cyber security, terrorism, the healthcare crisis, the housing crisis as well as the possibility of another referendum on Scottish independence.

Mr Daly said there is a necessity for policy preparation on a united Ireland.

Deputy Fleming said: “This leaves a void in the National Risk Assessment process.

“What other issues has the Taoiseach decided are too sensitive to be dealt with in the National Risk Assessment and have been hidden from the people of Ireland?”

Mr Daly said that the Brexit referendum has taught Ireland an “important lesson”.

“You do not hold a referendum until there is debate and discussion with all sides and all necessary preparations are made,” he added.

“Policy neglect seldom goes unpunished and this is very true of the lack of policy preparation for a referendum on a new Agreed Ireland by the Government.”

Mr Daly accused Mr Varadkar and the Government of failing to listen to other leaders including British Prime Minister Theresa May and DUP leader Arlene Foster, who raised the issue of a border poll.

Last month, an RTE exit poll suggested there is significant support among Irish voters for a united Ireland.

The poll found that 65% of voters polled indicated they would vote in favour of a united Ireland if a referendum was held tomorrow.

It also found that 19% would vote against the proposal, and 15% of respondents said they did not know or refused to answer the question.

Following two years of often strained negotiations between the EU and the UK, Mr Daly said that Brexit “has and will” change everything.

In 2017, the joint committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement published its report, Brexit and the future of Ireland: Uniting Ireland and its people in peace and prosperity.

The report, compiled by Mr Daly, details the steps needed to achieve a united Ireland.

Mr Daly said: “None of the 17 recommendations put forth by the joint committee have been carried out by the Government to date, despite being adopted unanimously in July 2017.

“These key recommendations should be implemented as a matter of extreme urgency.”

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Government ‘hiding’ risk of border poll by omission

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https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/government-hiding-risk-of-border-poll-by-omission-932500.html?fbclid=IwAR300FT_cFgIq7K2UyCLchS4APYXJ9mZ9TGX2GbFgnehEVKy5W9-xuf-Tnk

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By Elaine Loughlin for The Irish Examinier

24/06/19

The Government has been accused of “hiding”’ sensitive issues from the public after it emerged that the possibility of a border poll will not be included in the National Risk Assessment.

While global warming, cyber security, the healthcare crisis, and even another referendum on Scottish independence are included in the draft report, the Government has not included the possibility of a referendum to unite Ireland in its assessment.

Fianna Fáil TD Seán Fleming and senator Mark Daly said the omission and the claim from the Taoiseach that a border poll is not a risk leaves “a void” in the Government’s preparedness.

The two politicians will send a joint submission to the Government’s 2019 Draft National Risk Assessment today, asking that a future referendum on Irish unity be included in the final report.

The National Risk Assessment, published each year, is an opportunity to take a bird’s eye view of the most critical threats facing the country, and identifies strategic risks to Ireland’s future wellbeing.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has previously said he would like to see a united Ireland in his lifetime.

“I foresee a united Ireland at some point in the future,” he said in 2016, when he was Social Protection Minister.

However, responding to Mr. Fleming through a recent parliamentary question, Mr. Varadkar said the issue “would not be regarded as a risk” in the context of the annual assessment.

He added that “the very important and sensitive policy issue related to it would not be dealt with in the Risk Assessment process”.

Mr Fleming said:

This reply leaves a void in the National Risk Assessment process. What other issues has the Taoiseach decided are too sensitive to be dealt with in the National Risk Assessment and have been hidden from the people of Ireland?

In March, Mr Daly wrote to the Taoiseach, Tánaiste Simon Coveney, all ministers, and chairs of the Government’s Risk Committee, to request their policy preparations on uniting the people of Ireland. To date, none have been received.

Mr Daly said: “As I have said before, the Brexit referendum has taught Ireland an important lesson: You do not hold a referendum until there is debate and discussion with all sides and all necessary preparations are made.

“Policy neglect seldom goes unpunished and this is very true of the lack of policy preparation for a referendum on a new agreed Ireland by the Government.”

He said the Taoiseach and his Government must now consider the implications of a border poll, especially in the context of Brexit.

He said Sylvia Hermon, Independent Unionist MP for North Down, was right when she said Brexit will change everything and that she is now certain there will be a border poll in her lifetime.

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Irish Government urged to include border vote in national risk report

https://www.independent.ie/breaking-news/irish-news/irish-government-urged-to-include-border-vote-in-national-risk-report-38246053.html?fbclid=IwAR1CaUr-K4cEh9_-2dZhzwJoOtrTNZuxZhidGKwjY5dXaZezcCYWeySs2VQ

Last month, an exit poll suggested there is significant support among Irish voters for a united Ireland.

By Cate McCurry, Press Association for the Irish Independent

23/06/19

 

The Irish Government’s refusal to include the possibility of a border poll in its report on threats to the country’s economy has left a void, a Fianna Fail senator has claimed.

Party senator Mark Daly accused the Government of neglecting policy by not including any future referendum on removing the Irish border in its National Risk Assessment.

The national assessment identifies geopolitical, economic, environmental, social and technological risks to the Irish economy.

Mr Daly and Fianna Fail TD Sean Fleming have issued a joint submission to the Government’s draft assessment consultation urging Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to address the possibility of a united Ireland.

The island has been divided into two separate jurisdictions since 1921.

The report will carry out a wide-ranging assessment of threats including global warming, cyber security, terrorism, the healthcare crisis, the housing crisis as well as the possibility of another referendum on Scottish independence.

Mr Daly said there is a necessity for policy preparation on a united Ireland.

Deputy Fleming said: “This leaves a void in the National Risk Assessment process.

“What other issues has the Taoiseach decided are too sensitive to be dealt with in the National Risk Assessment and have been hidden from the people of Ireland?”

Mr Daly said that the Brexit referendum has taught Ireland an “important lesson”.

“You do not hold a referendum until there is debate and discussion with all sides and all necessary preparations are made,” he added.

“Policy neglect seldom goes unpunished and this is very true of the lack of policy preparation for a referendum on a new Agreed Ireland by the Government.”

Mr Daly accused Mr Varadkar and the Government of failing to listen to other leaders including British Prime Minister Theresa May and DUP leader Arlene Foster, who raised the issue of a border poll.

Last month, an RTE exit poll suggested there is significant support among Irish voters for a united Ireland.

The poll found that 65% of voters polled indicated they would vote in favour of a united Ireland if a referendum was held tomorrow.

It also found that 19% would vote against the proposal, and 15% of respondents said they did not know or refused to answer the question.

Following two years of often strained negotiations between the EU and the UK, Mr Daly said that Brexit “has and will” change everything.

In 2017, the joint committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement published its report, Brexit and the future of Ireland: Uniting Ireland and its people in peace and prosperity.

The report, compiled by Mr Daly, details the steps needed to achieve a united Ireland.

Mr Daly said: “None of the 17 recommendations put forth by the joint committee have been carried out by the Government to date, despite being adopted unanimously in July 2017.

“These key recommendations should be implemented as a matter of extreme urgency.”

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Government urged to include border vote in national risk report

https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/government-urged-to-include-border-vote-in-national-risk-report-932590.html?fbclid=IwAR3YtNmizqGzzetRTfhVg1A8kJoQ8yaAD7FUG3_avMUaU8PNWHWLptv56Ho

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24/06/19

The Government’s refusal to include the possibility of a border poll in its report on threats to the country’s economy has left a void, a Fianna Fáil senator has claimed.

Mark Daly accused the Government of neglecting policy by not including any future referendum on removing the Irish border in its National Risk Assessment.

The national assessment identifies geopolitical, economic, environmental, social and technological risks to the economy.

Mr Daly and Fianna Fáil TD Sean Fleming have issued a joint submission to the Government’s draft assessment consultation urging Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to address the possibility of a united Ireland.

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The report will carry out a wide-ranging assessment of threats including global warming, cyber security, terrorism, the healthcare crisis, the housing crisis as well as the possibility of another referendum on Scottish independence.

Mr Daly said there is a necessity for policy preparation on a united Ireland.

Deputy Fleming said: “This leaves a void in the National Risk Assessment process.

“What other issues has the Taoiseach decided are too sensitive to be dealt with in the National Risk Assessment and have been hidden from the people of Ireland?”

Mr Daly said that the Brexit referendum has taught Ireland an “important lesson”.

“You do not hold a referendum until there is debate and discussion with all sides and all necessary preparations are made,” he added.

“Policy neglect seldom goes unpunished and this is very true of the lack of policy preparation for a referendum on a new Agreed Ireland by the Government.”

Mr Daly accused Mr Varadkar and the Government of failing to listen to other leaders including British Prime Minister Theresa May and DUP leader Arlene Foster, who raised the issue of a border poll.

Last month, an RTE exit poll suggested there is significant support among Irish voters for a united Ireland.

The poll found that 65% of voters polled indicated they would vote in favour of a united Ireland if a referendum was held tomorrow.

It also found that 19% would vote against the proposal, and 15% of respondents said they did not know or refused to answer the question.

Following two years of often strained negotiations between the EU and the UK, Mr Daly said that Brexit “has and will” change everything.

In 2017, the joint committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement published its report, Brexit and the future of Ireland: Uniting Ireland and its people in peace and prosperity.

The report, compiled by Mr Daly, details the steps needed to achieve a united Ireland.

Mr Daly said: “None of the 17 recommendations put forth by the joint committee have been carried out by the Government to date, despite being adopted unanimously in July 2017.

“These key recommendations should be implemented as a matter of extreme urgency.”

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Taoiseach & Government’s refusal to include possibility/probability of a referendum unifying the people of Ireland in the National Risk Assessment, claiming it is ‘not a risk’ leaves a void

Deputy Sean Fleming TD and Senator Mark Daly lodge submission to National Risk Assessment Consultation

Deputy Sean Fleming TD and Senator Mark Daly have today sent a joint submission to the government’s 2019 Draft National Risk Assessment. Closing date for observations is Tuesday, 25 June 2019. They’re calling on the Taoiseach and Government to include the possibility/probability of a future referendum on unifying the people of Ireland in the final National Risk Assessment report.

There is no mention of the possibility of a referendum on new Agreed Ireland uniting the people of Ireland in the 2019 Draft National Risk Assessment. Meanwhile, topics as diverse as global warming, cyber security, terrorism, the healthcare crisis, the housing crisis and even the possibility of another referendum on Scottish independence are included.

The Taoiseach has spoken about his desire to achieve the main aim of the State, in accordance with articles 2 and 3 of the constitution. However, his own department’s Draft National Risk Assessment report makes no mention of any necessity for policy preparation in advance of any referendum. The Taoiseach has said in a Parliamentary Question reply to Deputy Fleming that the topic ‘would not be regarded as a risk’, and yet went on to say that ‘the very important and sensitive policy issues related to it would not be dealt with in the Risk Assessment process’.

Deputy Fleming, commenting on this reply, said, “This reply leaves a void in the National Risk Assessment process. What other issues has the Taoiseach decided are too sensitive to be dealt with in the National Risk Assessment and have been hidden from the people of Ireland?”

Senator Daly commented, “As I have said before, the Brexit referendum has taught Ireland an important lesson: you do not hold a referendum until there is debate and discussion with all sides and all necessary preparations are made. Policy neglect seldom goes unpunished and this is very true of the lack of policy preparation for a referendum on a new Agreed Ireland by the Government.”

In March, Senator Daly wrote to the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste, all Government Ministers and chairs of each Government’s Risk Committee to request their policy preparations on uniting the people of Ireland. To date, none have been received.

The Taoiseach and the government are not listening to voices as diverse as those of the British Prime Minister Theresa May, former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Congressman Paul Ryan and DUP leader Arlene Fosters who have all spoken about the issue of a referendum on a new Agreed Ireland. Lady Sylvia Hermon, Independent Unionist MP for North Down, said in an interview with the BBC, “I am worried about the consequences of Brexit. In my lifetime I never thought that I would see a Border poll and I am now convinced that I probably will see a Border poll.” She is right when she said in the same interview that, “Brexit has and will change everything.”

In 2017 the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement published its report entitled ‘Brexit & the Future of Ireland: Uniting Ireland & Its People in Peace & Prosperity’. That report, compiled by Senator Mark Daly, is the first report by a Dáil or Senate Committee on the steps required to achieve a United Ireland as stated in articles 2 & 3 of the constitution and as provided for in the Good Friday Agreement. None of the 17 recommendations put forth by the joint committee have been carried out by the government to date, despite being adopted unanimously in July 2017. These key recommendations should be implemented as a matter of extreme urgency.

Deputy Fleming and Senator Daly are calling on the government to include the possibility/probability of a referendum on a New Agreed Ireland in the 2019 National Risk Assessment.

Deputy Fleming and Senator Daly’s full submission to the 2019 National Risk Assessment is available here: Submission to the 2019 Draft National Risk Assessment

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