Senators support plan for emigrant voting rights

Seanad members from all parties back proposals on extending the franchise

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Senators attend a press conference on a plan to extend the franchise to emigrants. Photograph: VotingRights.ie

A broad coalition of Senators has called for voting rights to be extended to Irish citizens living abroad.

Senators representing all of the political parties in the Upper House have backed a 10-point plan that would see the franchise extended to emigrants and Irish citizens living in Northern Ireland. Continue reading

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THUMBS UP FOR NI’S EU MEMBERSHIP

EU leaders note Germany as precedent

By Bernard Purcell, The Irish World: http://www.theirishworld.com/ni-eu-membership-gets-go-ahead/

EU leaders last weekend agreed that should voters in Northern Ireland opt to be part of a United Ireland, supported by people in the Republic, the region would automatically be accepted into the Union.

It is not new but it is an affirmation of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, an internationally recognized treaty, and is nevertheless politically significant. While to some it may be a statement of the obvious that as Ireland is a full EU member, it should follow that Northern Ireland, as part of Ireland, would be also be part of the Union. But it’s not that simple. Continue reading

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EU Leaders’ decision on United Ireland and Brexit a step forward – Daly

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Fianna Fáil Senator, Mark Daly has welcomed the commitment from the leaders of the 27 remaining EU member countries that in the event of a United Ireland, Northern Ireland will be readmitted to the Union automatically.
Senator Daly was commenting ahead of the EU Council summit this weekend where it is expected that the issue of the future of Northern Ireland, post reunification, will be discussed.
“This is good news for the 56% of the people of Northern Ireland who voted to remain in the European Union in the referendum last year.  It now provides a clear pathway for those who value membership of the EU to retain it.
“This acceptance of the position as contained in the Good Friday Agreement is a welcome development from EU Leaders.
“The job of those of us who favour both a United Ireland is to convince those in the north who are unsure about such a change that it is in their best interests socially and economically.
“Last week, I published a new report, Brexit and the Future of Ireland: Uniting Ireland and It’s People in Peace and Prosperity, which outlines in detail the options for the island of Ireland in the wake of Brexit.
“The report will be on the agenda for discussion at the Joint Committee for the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement next Thursday the 4th of May.
“The commitment from EU leaders that is expected this weekend makes it clear that there is a pathway for retaining EU membership via a United Ireland.
“This step forward is only the start. We all need to do more to bring about a United Ireland through active consent. That process starts now,” concluded Daly.

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Uniting Ireland and its People in Peace & Prosperity

Below is the executive summary and recommendations for the report on Brexit & The Future of Ireland, Uniting Ireland and its people in peace & prosperity.  Links to each of the seven sections are also below.

Executive Summary

“the EU needs to prepare for a United Ireland”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny July 2016, Niall O’Connor the political [editor for the Irish Independent]

Reporting from the McGill Summer School in July 2016

As a result of this statement by the Taoiseach it is also clear that Ireland needs to prepare for a United Ireland. The Joint Committee of the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement in its work programme approved by Dáil Eireann appointed Senator Mark Daly as rapporteur to compile a report on the effect of Brexit on Ireland, what Ireland should seek to have in the final agreement between the EU and the UK, particularly in the event of the people of Northern Ireland voting for a United Ireland and what Ireland needs to do in order to peacefully achieve its constitutional obligation, as described by Attorney General Brady (2002-07), of a united Ireland, as outlined in Article 2 and 3 of the Irish Constitution.

The report for the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement has 7 sections and includes 18 recommendations;

https://senatormarkdaly.org/2017/04/13/recommendations/

Section 1 Brexit and the Future of Ireland

Section 2 Precedent in German Reunification for Irish Unification

Section 3 Economic Modelling of Unification

Section 4 Uniting Ireland and Its People in Peace and Prosperity

Section 5 Good Friday Agreement

Section 6 Referendum as Provided for under the Good Friday Agreement

Section 7 Constitutional & Legal Changes Before and After a Referendum

All the recommendations for each of the 7 sections are at the end of this executive summary, as are all the 7 summaries for each section with the recommendations that relate to them. The report to the Joint Committee also serves as a reference document and includes copies of Acts and Agreements relating to Ireland and Britain from the Act of Union to the Good Friday Agreement. High Court Justice Richard Humphreys book ‘Countdown to Unity’ is quoted from extensively in Senators Daly’s Report. Justice Humphrey’s publication lays out the roadmap to the peaceful unity of Ireland and its people. It outlines the various options for the future of this island, the opportunities and the obstacles that are ahead to achieve the aim of a peaceful united Ireland which was approved by 94% of the people in a referendum.

Other than the New Ireland Forum of 1984, 33 years ago the Library and Research Service of Leinster House were unable to find any report by any previous Government, Department or Oireachtas Committee on how the state would achieve its core belief of a united Ireland. An objective supported by 79%* of people in an opinion poll.

Professor emeritus of Humboldt University in Berlin, Christain Tomuschat’s submission to the report outlines the precedent in German unification for Northern Ireland’s automatic inclusion in the EU without the need for an application or accession process in the event of a vote for reunification.

White House, National Security Council, Senior Policy advisor on counter terrorism in President Obamas administration, Michael R. Ortiz has also written a paper for Senator Daly’s report on the issue of the threat of future paramilitary violence attempting to subvert a referendum and reunification as provided for in the Good Friday Agreement. Michael Ortiz was the first U.S. diplomat focused on countering violent extremism and was appointed by Secretary of State John Kerry.

Congressman Brendan Boyle a member of the US House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee has submitted a specially commissioned research paper from the United States Congressional Research Office which is included in the report. This analyses the true nature of the income and expenditure of Northern Ireland. The report by Dr. Kurt Hubner of the University of British Columbia shows a reunification scenario with a boost of 36.5billion euro over 8 years to an all island economy. The report for the Joint Committee also includes elements of the UK House of Lords report on Brexit; UKIrish Relations with a particular focus on the common travel area, including proposals to ensure the continued free movement of people across the border with the North.

The economic challenges of Brexit and unification are outlined in various reports including some from the House of the Oireachtas Library and Research Service, a key one of these is the analysis of the United Nations Human Development Index, which measures health, education, and income. The UN report ranks Ireland as 6th in the world alongside Germany, Canada and the United States. In Northern Ireland’s case the analysis places it 44th in the world alongside the likes of Hungry and Montenegro. As a result of Brexit, Northern Ireland is likely to drop below 50th joining the likes of Kazakhstan and Belarus.

The report includes submissions by various politicians, academics and experts from Ireland, England, Germany and the United States who have given generously of their time and their experience to assist Senator Daly in compiling this report, the first by any committee of the Irish parliament on how to achieve a United Ireland.

To conclude we include an extract from ‘Irish Man of the 20th Century’ T K Whittaker ‘Note on North-South Border Policy’ written on the 11TH of November 1968 the eve of ‘The Troubles’. In it he foresaw the Good Friday Agreement and the long term nature of achieving a United Ireland, that it required the best of ourselves and a collective understanding

‘We were, therefore, left with only one choice, a policy of seeking unity in Ireland between Irishmen. Of its nature this is a long-term policy, requiring patience, understanding and forbearance and resolute resistance to emotionalism and opportunism. It is not the less patriotic for that’

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New report outlines options for Ireland in wake of Brexit – Daly

First report of its kind show path to peaceful unity of Ireland

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Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Mark Daly has published a new report which outlines in detail the options for the island of Ireland in the wake of Brexit.
The ‘Brexit and the Future of Ireland: Uniting Ireland and It’s People in Peace and Prosperity’ report contains submissions and writings from key figures who have been involved in conflict resolution across the globe. The contributors include counter-terrorism expert and former advisor to the President of the United States Barack Obama, Michael R Ortiz. Dr Kurt Hubner of the University of British Columbia, who came before the Joint Committee, also constructed economic models of scenarios of Irish unification, one of which showed a benefit of €36.5 billion in the first 8 years of unification.
Senator Daly said, “the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement agreed that I would be the rapporteur to produce a detailed report on the impact of Brexit and its implications for the island of Ireland. To date much of the discussion on Brexit has focused on the huge difficulties associated with the UK decision to leave the EU. The report I have produced aims to highlight the economic and social opportunities that have arisen for the entire island of Ireland in the wake of Brexit.
“The purpose of this report is to take on board the opinions and feedback of people involved in conflict resolution and reunification efforts across the globe. The report sets out a clear roadmap to the peaceful unity of Ireland and its people following the decision by the UK to leave the European Union. The report highlights that the majority of people on the island of Ireland want to remain in the European Union, and that this can be achieved through a United Ireland. The report outlines the future of this island, the opportunities and obstacles that have arisen as a result of Brexit and the steps that need to be taken to achieve a United Ireland through peaceful means.
“The report focuses on the huge challenges facing Northern Ireland when it leaves the European Union. Economic analysis shows that Northern Ireland is currently ranked 44th on the UN Human Development Index, but is set to tumble to below 50th position after Brexit joining the likes of Kazakhstan and Belarus. The report emphasises that Northern Ireland would face a brighter economic and social future within the European Union in a United Ireland.
“This is a comprehensive report which shows what Ireland needs to do to achieve a peaceful reunification of the island of Ireland. It also offers a view to the committee on what conditions Ireland should seek in the final negotiations between the EU and the UK. As a member of the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement I intend to continue highlighting not only the drawbacks of Brexit, but also the opportunities that it presents us with.”

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