Varadkar unable to go as far as Macron on Irish Unity – Tóibín
French President Emanuel Macron has stated that Irish reunification and integration of the entire island in the EU “would solve all the problems” caused by the current Brexit impasse.
According to Aontú leader and Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín, “it is astounding that the French president has the ability to analyse and articulate what’s blindingly obvious to most people and yet our Taoiseach Leo Varadkar still refuses to support this solution."
An Teachta Tóibín stated:
"3 years ago the Irish people celebrated the centenary of the 1916 Rising. At the heart of the 1916 Rising was the realisation that Irish self-determination was critical to our social and economic well-being. It was recognised then that London would never make decisions for Ireland’s benefit.
"It is shocking that 103 years after the Rising that the Tories in London still determine whether we in Ireland can move people, products and services around the island. Our future is determined by people with no mandate in Ireland nor interest or knowledge of our needs as a people.
"Over 100 years since the 1916 Rising, the determination of the north of Ireland to remain within the EU and the central tenant of consent within the Good Friday Agreement has been thrown into the bin by the Tories.
"And through all of that, Leo Varadkar has refused to even countenance putting Irish Unity on the negotiation table. He has refused Aontú’s request that he at the very least create a New Ireland Forum in order to allow all shades of opinion in Ireland north and south seek to work in partnership in resolving one of the biggest threats to Ireland’s self-interest."