Thursday 27 October 2016

Enda Kenny's remarks on potential border poll are 'foolish' and 'mischievous' - DUP MP Ian Paisley Jnr

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Published 19/07/2016 | 14:08

Ian Paisley Jnr
Ian Paisley Jnr

A leading Unionist politician has described Taoiseach Enda Kenny's remarks about a potential border poll as "foolish" and "mischievous".

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DUP MP Ian Paisley Jnr said the public in Northern Ireland from both nationalist and unionist counities have "no interest whatsoever" in a united Ireland.

Speaking on the 'News at One' on RTÉ radio, Mr Paisley said such calls for a referendum are motivated solely by causing "diversion".

He singled out Mr Kenny and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adam, saying both leaderships are in crisis.

"I think we can dismiss it gently. We can recognise the fact there isn 't going to be a border poll, it's been dismissed by Her Majesty's government so we just have to move on from here and hope the Republic will continue to be a good neighbour," Mr Paisley said.

Mr Paisley was speaking just hours after Mr Kenny signalled the prospect of a referendum down the road.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

At the Magill Summer school on Monday, Mr Kenny called on the EU to prepare for such a possiblity.

But Mr Paisley said Mr Kenny is "foolishly" trying to use the Northern as "some kind of stick" in any future election.

He compared it to how the Spanish have treated Gibraltar and how the UK has used the Falklands.

Asked what he has to be fear in asking voters in the North whether they want to join the Republic, Mr Paisley said there isn't "an ability" or "capacity" to have a united Ireland.

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