Varadkar recklessly disregards poll, claims McDonald

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald

Mary Lou McDonald said that a no-deal Brexit would necessitate an immediate referendum on partition
Mary Lou McDonald said that a no-deal Brexit would necessitate an immediate referendum on partition

Mary Lou McDonald has accused the taoiseach of being “reckless” and of failing to adequately prepare for a border poll.

Almost half of voters in Northern Ireland would support a united Ireland if Britain left the EU under the withdrawal agreement that has been reached, according to a poll commissioned by The Times this week.

The Sinn Féin leader said that a no-deal Brexit would necessitate an immediate referendum on partition and she said she had told Theresa May this.

“If there is a hard Brexit and no deal then the immediacy of a border poll is self-evident,” Ms McDonald said. “You couldn’t possibly have a no-deal Brexit, resulting in the hardening of the border and suggest people would simply have to live with that.

“I have made that clear to the British prime minister and said it would have to be done very quickly in those circumstances. Beyond that I want us to have one as soon as possible but I also want us to win and I want us to win it well.”

She criticised Leo Varadkar and said that the government should be planning for the economic and social implications of reunification. “The government should be leading from the front on this. All of the polling data on this tells us categorically that the conversation has started and the genie is out of the bottle,” Ms McDonald said.

“The taoiseach needs to catch up. As head of government he needs to tell us how the conversation on unity will be structured. It is reckless for him to sit back and wish this away or pretend it is not happening.”

She said the main task for politicians was to maximise consensus but that the needs of those who were against leaving the United Kingdom would also have to be considered. “We understand we need an all-of-society conversation on what would be fundamental change. We are very conscious of the fact that people who do not support a united Ireland would have to be part of the conversation too. We would have to discover their red lines. There is a lot of work to be done,” Ms McDonald said.

Another part of the poll suggested that one in four unionists think the DUP would be wrong to reject Mrs May’s withdrawal deal. Almost four in ten unionists also disagreed or strongly disagreed that the DUP’s tactics in refusing to back it were correct.

Ms McDonald said she was not surprised Ms Foster’s party appeared to be out of step with some of its own voters. “I believe the DUP adopted a position on the Brexit referendum, never dreaming that Brexit would actually happen, and I don’t think they have had the political pragmatism or the political sense of responsibility to step back from that,” she said.

“Brexit is bad for Ireland and it’s particularly bad for the North and I think people are onto that. I’m not one bit surprised that people across the community, including those who would always vote for the union, look at Brexit and see nothing, only danger and jeopardy and they are wondering what Arlene Foster and the DUP are up to.”

Karen Bradley, the Northern Ireland secretary, will urge both communities today to rally support for the deal in an open letter to voters. “It protects all the things we value,” Ms Bradley will say.

The so-called meaningful vote in the British parliament is scheduled for Tuesday, when MPs will have their say on the withdrawal deal. Mrs May’s deal is expected to be rejected.

With many thanks to the: Times Sunday Times for the original story.

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Man arrested in connection to RAAD vigilante attacks

A man has been arrested in connection with paramilitary attacks in Derry.

Police say the 56-year-old was arrested earlier today (Friday).

The PSNI also came under attack by petrol bombers during a search of a house in the Creggan area of the city.

“A number of items have been seized for specialist examination including a quantity of suspected Firearms, believed to be similar to those used in attacks in the city,” a PSNI spokeswoman says

It is understood the arrest is in connection to the activity of vigilante group Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD).

WITH MANY THANKS TO : DERRY JOURNAL

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PoW Martin Corey refused compassionate leave on the death of his brother

Martin Corey, a political hostage in Maghaberry jail, Co Antrim, was refused parole on May 23 to attend the funeral of his brother Peter who died suddenly.

Two years ago Martin Corey had his licence revoked by the British Secretary of State in the Occupied Six Counties, the reason for which has never been disclosed to him or anyone else.

For the 19 years previous to his re-arrest Martin ran a business in Lurgan having been released from jail after serving 19 years of a life sentence.

Martin has never been given an explanation for his re-arrest. He has no charges preferred against him and the British Government has, to all intents and purposes, interned him.

We are all well aware of the contemptuous attitude of the British Government to Irish political prisoners. Nevertheless, surely at such a time a man who has lived and worked in Lurgan for 19 of the last 21 years, could be shown some compassion.

Martin eventually had to take a judicial review of his internment, which is currently before the courts.

Unfortunately this is not the only time a POW has been refused parole. Gavin McKenna, also of Lurgan, was refused parole to attend his father’s funeral just weeks ago. And not unlike Martin’s case, Gavin’s father died suddenly also.

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UNUSUALLY QUIET…MP SLAMS STEPHEN NOLAN’S SILENCE ON PAY ROW !

MP GREGORY Campbell has accused Stephen Nolan of running scared after it emerged that BBC Northern Ireland is planning to pay the presenter £5,000 a time to host a new TV show.

Stephen Nolan

Mr Campbell, a long – term critic of the non – disclosure of BBC stars’ salaries, said he has been trying in vain to contact Nolan since Wednesday, when the Belfast Telegraph exclusively revealed details of what he would be paid for his new show. The disclosure sparked a furore at Broadcasting House, prompting an emergency union meeting among BBC NI journalists angry that such a huge figure was being paid to one individual at a time of severe financial cutbacks at the corporation.

Mr Campbell, meanwhile, described Nolan’s silence over the controversy as ” IRONIC ” and claimed the presenter was burying his head in the sand. ” When Nolan is trying to get a politician on air and they’re not immediately available, he criticises them,” said the East Derry MP. ” At times he has actually let radio silence go for a few seconds and then told listeners: ” That’s your answer: nothing, silence, zero”, ” And now he’s doing exactly the same thing with me. It’s yet another example of double standards.” Mr Campbell suggested that 38 – year – old Nolan may have been ” embarrassed ” about the revelations, coming as they do  a week after the Radio Ulster/Radio Five Live presenter had been quizzing the DUP politician over Stormont MLAs‘ £5,000 annual pay increase.

” He was cross – examining me about a pay rise that I don’t get because I’m an MP, yet he’s getting what appears to be a pay rise of £5,000 a show on top of his existing, inflated and secret salary.” He added : ” I have gone directly to Nolan – and he has not responded. I’ve never known an occasion when I’ve tried to get onto the radio show and they have systematically refused, as has happened over the past couple of days.”

The Stephen Nolan Show

A  BBC  NI spokesman last night said : ” We do not publish personal information about BBC presenters or commercially sensitive details about the BBC’s programme costs.”

6 QUESTIONS THE MOUTHY STAR MUST ANSWER !!!

(1)  HOW MUCH PUBLIC MONEY GOES TOWARDS YOUR ENTIRE SALARY ?

(2)  HOW MANY SHIRTS AND TIES ARE APPROPRIATE FOR THE £4K PUBLIC MONEY USED TO BUY YOUR CLOTHES FOR THE PROGRAMMES ?

(3)  WITH A WARDROBE ALLOWANCE FOR THE TV SHOW, DOES PUBLIC MONEY GO TOWARDS YOUR TRAVEL COSTS AND HOTEL COSTS ?

(4)  SINCE YOU GET £55K FOR 10/11 HOURS OF PRESENTING ON TV, DO YOU GET £5K PER PROGRAMME ON RADIO ULSTER AND MORE FOR NATIONAL RADIO 5LIVE ?

(5)  IS IT RIGHT THAT WHILST YOU GET £5K PER PROGRAMME THE HARD WORKING JOURNALIST ONLY GETS £200 OR ” PUNTER’S ” GET £100 FOR THEIR EFFORT ?

(6)  WITH FRONT-LINE STAFF CUTS IN THE BBC DO YOU FEEL JUSTIFIED TAKING THIS SALARY ?

 

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