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Senator Mark Daly & Deputy Seán Fleming welcomes Taoiseach’s U-Turn in the National Risk Assessment on the issue of possible referendum of United Ireland in report launched today.

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 possible referendum on a United Ireland in report launched today. However, need for preparation for United Ireland in advance of referendum. As part of the Governments 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 pervious National Risk Assessments or the 2019 Draft National Risk Assessment issued by the Taoiseach Department. 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 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 acknowledgement 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’.

 

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Varadkar accused of failing to make preparations for poll on united Ireland

Mark Daly, a senator with the country’s main opposition party Fianna Fail, criticised Leo Varadkar.

Irish premier Leo Varadkar has been accused of not making any of the “necessary preparations” for the possible reunification of Ireland.

Mark Daly, a senator with the country’s main opposition party Fianna Fail, said that two years after a report detailing the measures that needed to be implemented before a referendum on a united Ireland could come to fruition, not one recommendation had been actioned by the Irish government.

He called on the government to implement the report’s recommendations in full as soon as possible.

In August 2017, an Oireachtas cross-party committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement published a document entitled Brexit And The Future Of Ireland: Uniting Ireland & Its People In Peace & Prosperity’.

It contained 17 recommendations relating to a united Ireland.

Among them was the establishment of a New Ireland forum to set a pathway to achieve the peaceful reunification of Ireland. It also called for an international task force comprising security experts to be set up so that plans to meet any risks may be devised and implemented.

It said the fears and concerns of the unionist community in Northern Ireland needed to be examined in advance of any potential referendum on a united Ireland and that further research needed to be carried out into the income and expenditure of the region.

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Fianna Fail senator Mark Daly accused Irish premier Leo Varadkar of not doing any ‘necessary preparation’ in advance of a possible reunification of Ireland.(Fianna Fail/PA)

“Absolutely none of the recommendations of the all-party committee have been implemented, this is a clear case of policy neglect and policy neglect seldom goes unpunished,” Mr Daly said.

“The Taoiseach [Leo Varadkar] has spoken as recently as the McGill summer school on the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland, especially faced as we are now with the prospect of a no-deal Brexit, yet he is doing none of the necessary preparation in advance of the possible/probable referendum on a new agreed Ireland.”

Mr Daly added: “Brexit has taught us many lessons, the most important being, you do not hold a referendum without the prior work being completed, any referendum on a united Ireland needs the preparation to start now, not when we are faced with the question at the ballot box.”

Speaking at the McGill summer school last Friday, Mr Varadkar said that a no-deal Brexit would prompt more liberal unionists and nationalists in Northern Ireland to consider joining a united Ireland.

He also said that those uncomfortable with a “nationalistic” Britain which is considering reintroducing the death penalty could join forces to support Irish unity and continued membership of the EU.

Mr Daly has been working with a number of experts to produce research reports to address many of the committee’s recommendations, including Michael Ortiz who served as the first US diplomat focused on countering violent extremism, based at the US Department of State during the Obama Administration.

He has also been working with two Unesco chairmen, Professor Pat Dolan and Professor Mark Brennan. They recently published a report on youth and peace in Northern Ireland, which warned of the possible return to violence in the region as a result of a no-deal Brexit or a rushed border poll.

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Taoiseach accused of failing to make preparations for poll on united Ireland

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been accused of not making any of the “necessary preparations” for the possible reunification of Ireland.

Fianna Fail senator, Mark Daly, said that two years after a report detailing the measures that needed to be implemented before a referendum on a united Ireland could come to fruition, not one recommendation had been actioned by the Government.

He called on the Government to implement the report’s recommendations in full as soon as possible.

In August 2017, an Oireachtas cross-party committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement published a document entitled Brexit And The Future Of Ireland: Uniting Ireland & Its People In Peace & Prosperity’.

It contained 17 recommendations relating to a united Ireland.

Among them was the establishment of a New Ireland forum to set a pathway to achieve the peaceful reunification of Ireland. It also called for an international task force comprising security experts to be set up so that plans to meet any risks may be devised and implemented.

It said the fears and concerns of the unionist community in Northern Ireland needed to be examined in advance of any potential referendum on a united Ireland and that further research needed to be carried out into the income and expenditure of the North.

Fianna Fail senator Mark Daly accused Irish premier Leo Varadkar of not doing any ‘necessary preparation’ in advance of a possible reunification of Ireland.(Fianna Fail/PA)
Fianna Fail senator Mark Daly accused Irish premier Leo Varadkar of not doing any ‘necessary preparation’ in advance of a possible reunification of Ireland.(Fianna Fail/PA)

“Absolutely none of the recommendations of the all-party committee have been implemented, this is a clear case of policy neglect and policy neglect seldom goes unpunished,” Mr Daly said.

“The Taoiseach has spoken as recently as the McGill summer school on the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland, especially faced as we are now with the prospect of a no-deal Brexit, yet he is doing none of the necessary preparation in advance of the possible/probable referendum on a new agreed Ireland.”

Mr Daly added: “Brexit has taught us many lessons, the most important being, you do not hold a referendum without the prior work being completed, any referendum on a united Ireland needs the preparation to start now, not when we are faced with the question at the ballot box.”

Speaking at the McGill summer school last Friday, Mr Varadkar said that a no-deal Brexit would prompt more liberal unionists and nationalists in Northern Ireland to consider joining a united Ireland.

He also said that those uncomfortable with a “nationalistic” Britain which is considering reintroducing the death penalty could join forces to support Irish unity and continued membership of the EU.

Mr Daly has been working with a number of experts to produce research reports to address many of the committee’s recommendations, including Michael Ortiz who served as the first US diplomat focused on countering violent extremism, based at the US Department of State during the Obama Administration.

He has also been working with two Unesco chairmen, Professor Pat Dolan and Professor Mark Brennan. They recently published a report on youth and peace in Northern Ireland, which warned of the possible return to violence in the North as a result of a no-deal Brexit or a rushed border poll.

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2 years on, not 1 recommendation of the Oireachtas Committee Report on a United Ireland has been actioned by the Government

Two years ago today, the first report in the history of the State by a Dáil and Senate Committee, compiled by Senator Mark Day was launched. The 1, 232 page report passed unanimously by the All Party Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement entitled ‘Brexit and the Future of Ireland: Uniting Ireland & Its People in Peace & Prosperity’ made 17 recommendations.

Included in these 17 recommendations were

  • Further research into the income and expenditure for Northern Ireland should be carried out
  • The establishment of a New Ireland Forum 2 is recommended to set a pathway to achieve the peaceful reunification of Ireland.
  • Establish an international task force with experts in security so that plans to meet any risks may be devised and implemented.
  • Fears and concerns of the Unionist community need to be examined, understood and addressed comprehensively by all stakeholders in advance of any referendum.

Speaking today Senator Daly again called on the Government to implement the Committee’s recommendations “Absolutely none of the recommendations of the all party committee have been implemented, this is a clear case of policy neglect and policy neglect seldom goes unpunished. The Taoiseach has spoken as recently as the McGill summer school on the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland, especially faced as we are now with the prospect of a no deal Brexit, yet he is doing none of the necessary preparation in advance of the possible/ probable referendum on a new agreed Ireland.”

Senator Daly continued “Brexit has taught us many lesson, the most important being, you do not hold a referendum without the prior work being completed, any referendum on a united Ireland needs the preparation to start now, not when we are faced with the question at the ballot box.”

Senator Daly has been working with experts in their fields to produce research reports to address many of the committee’s recommendations including Michael Ortiz who served as the first US diplomat focused on countering violent extremism (CVE) policy at the US Department of State during the Obama Administration and 2 UNESCO chairs, Professor Pat Dolan and Professor Mark Brennan, who wrote a report on the possible return to violence as a result of a no deal Brexit or a rushed borer poll.

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The full report compiled by Senator Daly is available at https://senatormarkdaly.org/uniting-ireland-in-peace-prosperity/. The report is based on writings and contributions including those by High Court Justice Richard Humphreys, Congressman Brendan Boyle, Professor emeritus Christian Tomuschat.

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Unionists fear united Ireland would lead to loss of identity and land – survey

https://www.rte.ie/news/2019/0718/1063742-unionist-concerns/

The report has outlined key areas of concern for Unionists over a United Ireland
The report has outlined key areas of concern for Unionists over a United Ireland
Unionists fear losing identity and land, and facing nationalist triumphalism and potential retribution in the event of a united Ireland, research suggests.

A new report based on contributions from unionist politicians, loyalists, community leaders, former soldiers and clergy has identified seven key areas of concern.

These include a loss of identity, triumphalism by nationalists, retribution on ex-security forces, land being taken from unionist farmers and a return to violence.

The remaining concerns identified were around rejoining the European Union as well as the implications for healthcare, welfare and the economy.

Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has published the report, which is entitled ‘Unionist Concerns and Fears of a United Ireland: The need to Protect the Peace Process and Build a Vision for a Shared Island and a United People’.

Senator Mark Daly sought out Unionist opinion on a United Ireland over 18 months.

Contributors include the Rev Kyle Paisley, son of the late DUP leader Lord Bannside, former Irish rugby international Trevor Ringland, ex-UUP leader Mike Nesbitt and the former Presbyterian moderator Norman Hamilton.

Meanwhile, James Wilson, a former soldier who served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, conducted focus groups with the independent Orange Order, a loyalist flute band and Army veterans.

Senator Daly says it is the first research report by any member of the Dáil or Seanad on this subject.

He said the “mother of all fears” that he heard in the 18 months spent compiling the report was that unionists fear their home would effectively become a foreign state.

Senator Daly urged the heeding of the advice of former SDLP deputy leader Seamus Mallon that “nationalists need to show generosity if they’re ever going to persuade unionists of the benefits of a united Ireland”.

He has also urged the Irish Government to address these concerns by establishing a New Ireland Forum 2 to look at all the issues in relation to a united Ireland.

Under the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, a referendum on Irish unity can only be called by the Northern Ireland Secretary if there is evidence that a majority in the province would support a united Ireland.

Senator Daly said the implications of unification should be examined and known before a border poll is called.

“The Brexit referendum has taught us an important lesson,” he said.

“You do not hold a referendum until every probable outcome has been examined and prepared for, where possible.

“The hard-won peace we all enjoy on this island is at stake.

“The holding of a referendum without proper preparation and engagement, particularly with the unionist community, would lead to the fulfilment of the warning ‘policy neglect seldom goes unpunished’.”

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