Aontú Leader & Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín has called on FF and FG to take their heads out of the sand and start to prepare for a United Ireland. It comes as former Tory Chancellor George Osbourne has spoken on the reality that a United Ireland is becoming ever more inevitable.

An Teachta Tóibín:

“Partition costs. Partition leaves Ireland massively exposed. Covid-19 has proved that beyond a doubt. Our inability to tackle Covid in a united manner has led to significant increase in Covid cases, ill health and death. Anyone doubting this should look at the counties that have consistently had the highest incidents of the illness. The border counties have unfortunately been top of this list for months. Each time we in Aontú ask the Government to secure airports, the lack of cooperation with the north is given as an excuse not to do it”.

“Brexit has shown that 100 years after the independence of this state the Tories who know nothing about Ireland and care even less, can for their own narrow interests throw this state into turmoil. They have also thrown the self determination of the people of the north into the bin contrary to the Good Friday Agreement. Brexit is a salutary lesson on the critical need to prevent the Tories determining what happens on this island in future”.

“Partition costs billions to the economies north and south in terms of Public Service duplication and economic damage. The north has been reduced from the industrial engine of Ireland to a dependent state. The border region has been economically hammered for 100 years as a result of becoming a manmade periphery due to the border”.

“These reasons and the fact that there is a growing United Ireland wave in the north demand that the southern political establishment take their heads out of the sand and start to prepare for this eventuality. What does it say about FF, FG and the Greens that the former Tory Chancellor, George Osbourne can speak openly about this pivotal issue in Ireland’s future yet the Irish political establishment cant.