10 June 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Unionists have nothing to fear from an Irish unity which could accommodate their feelings of Britishness, Sinn Féin member of the European Parliament Matt Carthy said this week.
The Co Monaghan politician also stated that, if Britain voted to leave the EU in the June 23 referendum, there would be “a democratic imperative” to allow a referendum on Irish unity.
Those who wish to see a united Ireland needed to be “open, imaginative and accommodating” in their approach, according to the MEP, who added that this might include the consideration of “transitional arrangements which could perhaps mean continued devolution to Belfast within an all-Ireland structure.”
He was addressing a conference in the Corrymeela Centre, Ballycastle, Co Antrim, organised by the Irish Association and the Corrymeela Community.
Mr Carthy said that the failure to realise the objectives of the 1916 Rising had negatively impacted on the lives of ordinary people North and South, but added:
“The financial crash and its aftermath have politically educated an entire generation of people in Ireland. There is now urgency among many young and not so young people to confront the shibboleths, hypocrisy and cant of the past and to build a much more open, progressive and equal society.”
Arguing that “a united Ireland and an egalitarian Republic” is in the interests of everyone North and South, the MEP stated that the centenary year of the Easter Rising provided an opportunity to look to a future beyond Partition.
“The only type of united Ireland that interests me is one that is agreed, inclusive, pluralist and which …

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