Citizens’ Assembly on Irish Unity needs to be established

Following a proposal from Cllr Paul Boggs, Derry City and Strabane District Council have written to the new Taoiseach, Simon Harris, reiterating Council’s long-standing position on the need to establish a Citizen’s Assembly on Irish Unity.

Speaking at this months full council meeting, Cllr Boggs said, “Young people on this island are leaving in droves to seek better opportunities elsewhere in Canada, Australia, America and various other locations elsewhere across the globe”

“The harsh reality of the negative impact of partition has caused horror for public services where many languish on hospital waiting lists, people have to live in the box room of their parents’ house, and opportunities to thrive are few and far between.”

“The new Taoiseach, Simon Harris, is out of touch with young people on this Island and our desire for real change and a new Ireland.”

“I have therefore brought a proposal forward to write to the Taoiseach, reiterating this Council’s long-standing position on the need to establish a Citizen’s Assembly.”

“A citizens’ Assembly will allow for planning and discussion on a new Ireland to ensure this place flourishes and is a place where people have the opportunity to stay, to live, and to thrive.”

People Before Profit councillor Shaun Harkin supported Cllr Boggs’ proposal. He said: “I’m in favour of a citizen’s assembly, I’m in favour of a united Ireland, I’m in favour of a united socialist Ireland, and I think we need to be clear that it will be the people of Ireland, not corporations, not Joe Biden, and not Fine Fáil or Fianna Gael that actually develop a new Ireland that empowers everyone and expands democracy and equality.”

SDLP councillor Brian Tierney said: “I think people need to see a new citizen’s assembly set up to talk about the reunification of this country and anything we can do to bring that one step forward, I think we should do and the sooner the Taoiseach starts speaking for and with the people on the island, the better in our view.”