Sunday 21 April 2019

Hard border post-Brexit not an excuse for people 'to take up arms' - Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: Mark Condren
Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: Mark Condren
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

SINN Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald has said even in the erection of a hard border after Brexit is not an excuse for people “to take up arms”.

With a no-deal scenario looming, Ms McDonald was asked about recent letter bombs sent to a number of transport hubs in London. Gardaí and UK authorities have linked the packages to the dissident republicans.

The Sinn Féin leader said there are “no circumstances, no excuses, no scenario in which anybody would have a justifiable cause to take up arms”.

She said people on this island of Ireland have “embraced  new reality of relative stability”.

At the same time, Ms McDonald argued that the Irish government needs to start preparing for a united Ireland.

She said the “ultimate backstop is the removal of the border altogether”.

It comes as Fianna Fáil ramped up their criticisms of the Government’s preparations for a disorderly Brexit.

Brexit spokesperson Lisa Chambers today accused Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of hiding vital information from the public.

She said the latest economic predictions from the ESRI make “sober reading for every citizen in this country” but the Government still can’t say what financial package will be in place to help farmers and businesses.

On border checks, she said: “We know conversations are happening. I don’t know why they are not being honest.”

Meanwhile Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin has called on his counterparts in the British Labour Party to back Theresa May’s deal in the event that a second referendum is off the table.

While arguing that a people’s vote is the best way forward, he said in the absence of one he would “exhort the British Labour Party to support the only deal on the table”.

“The shattering impact of a hard Brexit is now only two weeks away,” she said.

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