However, there is need for preparation for United Ireland in advance of referendum.
–Deputy Sean Fleming TD and Senator Mark Daly
Senator Mark Daly & Deputy Sean Fleming welcomes Taoiseach’s U-Turn in the National Risk Assessment on the issue of a possible referendum on a United Ireland in report launched today. However, there is a need for preparation for United Ireland in advance of a referendum. As part of the Government’s public consultation on the draft national risk assessment Deputy Seán Fleming and Senator Mark made a substantial submission and called on the Taoiseach and Government to include the possibility of a future referendum on unifying the people of Ireland in the final National Risk Assessment 2019 report which was released today.
There was no mention of the possibility of a referendum on new Agreed Ireland uniting the people of Ireland in any of the 5 previous National Risk Assessments or the 2019 Draft National Risk Assessment issued by the Taoiseach Department. Meanwhile, topics as diverse as global warming, cybersecurity, terrorism, the healthcare crisis, the housing crisis and even the possibility of another referendum on Scottish independence had been included
Taoiseach Varadkar spoke recently at the MacGill summer school saying, “I do think more and more people certainly in the event of no deal, more and more people in Northern Ireland will come to question the union,”,
However, his own department’s Draft 2019 National Risk Assessment report made 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 the publication of the National Risk assessment, said, “While we welcome the acknowledgment of the issue in the National Risk Assessment, we are disappointed that the Taoiseach is not outlining the options that he and the Government should be considering as part of any necessary preparation for a new agreed Ireland”.
Senator Mark Daly who was in charge of compiling the first every report by a Dáil & Senate Committee said
“I welcome the mentioning of a referendum on a New Agreed Ireland in the National Risk Assessment. The establishment of a New Ireland Forum 2 is one of the central recommended of the all party Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. The New Ireland Forum 2 would set a pathway to achieve the peaceful reunification of Ireland. It is disappointing that the Government has not actioned any one of the 17-recommendation adopted by the all party committee”
The report that Senator Daly was appointed as Rapporteur by Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement to compile is titled ‘ Brexit & the Future of Ireland Uniting Ireland & her People in Peace & Prosperity’.