MEP seats should go north – Ni Riada

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has reiterated her call for any extra seats Ireland is allocated in the EU post-Brexit to go to the north.

The Ireland South MEP said it was important we use whatever influence we have to ensure Irish citizens in the north are not disenfranchised.

“The fact is we aren’t gaining two seats as some people have reported,” she said.

“With the loss of the three MEPs in the north, against the wishes of the majority of people there, Ireland, as a whole, is losing a seat.

“The remain vote in the north was very clear. If we are to, as the Taoiseach promised, never leave the north behind again, then these seats must be allocated to representatives from the north.

“The British Government has demonstrated time and time again that they have no interest in the people of the six counties. They have been dismissive of the border issue, belittling of the effect it will have on the economy of the north and completely ignorant of the threat it poses to the Peace Process.

“It is up to us to ensure that our fellow citizens are not forgotten about or go unheard from in Europe in the midst of all this Brexit madness.

“As democrats, as republicans, as Irish citizens it is our duty to stand up for our fellow countrymen and women, to speak up for them when others try to silence them.”

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