West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Michaela Boyle wishes the local United Ireland-You Decide campaign group all the best of luck on polling day

Published: 20 November, 2013

Following on from the film showing of 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley, the public debate on Irish Unity, the hands across the border event and the 5k fun run through Strabane and Lifford I would just like to congratulate the peoples referendum committee in our area for taking this initiative and highlighting the very real demand for a border poll. The debate on Irish unity is now intensifying with demand for a border poll taking centre stage.

Sinn Féin believe it is time for a border poll. Fifteen years on from the signing of the Good Friday Agreement it is time for the people to have their say. Partition is unjust, uneconomic and inefficient. A single island economy would be good for prosperity, good for jobs and good for investment.

An economy of 6.4million people is a viable economy which offers a stronger basis for recovery than a partitioned economy. The duplication of services, existence of two currencies and tax systems and competing investment agencies is inefficient and an impediment to economic growth. Partition has undermined economic development North and South and a 32-County economy would be stronger and would offer new opportunities and potential for growth and prosperity.

The British Secretary of State should set a date for a referendum in the Six Counties on Irish unity to be held within the lifetime of the next Assembly. Furthermore the Irish Government should press the British Government to set a date for a poll as provided for in the Good Friday Agreement and to commit to holding a simultaneous poll in the 26 Counties on Irish unity.

I wish the local committee in Strabane/ Lifford all the best of luck with polling day and I would urge anyone with a vote to come out and use it.