An “in person” panel discussion will take place on Saturday 25th September in the Clayton Hotel, Cork, to discuss constitutional change and the ever-increasing likelihood of a border poll and Irish unity.
This first of its kind event is organised by the pro-Irish unity civic group, Ireland’s Future, and will be chaired by Senator Frances Black. The panelists taking part are comedian Tadgh Hickey, Fianna Fáil TD James O’Connor, Baptist Minister Rev Karen Sutheraman, founder of Ballyhaunis Inclusion Project Owodunni Ola Mustapha and equality activist Laura Harmon.
Speaking in advance Ireland’s Future Secretary Niall Murphy, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to be bringing this conversation to Cork. Our panel is a diverse group and reflective of the new and united Ireland we want to see. One of equality, social justice and rights. Ireland’s Future wants to stimulate conversation about how our people are best served and our island is best governed in the coming time. We are organising public meetings the length and breadth of Ireland because we know the issue of referendums and constitutional change is coming and we want the people of Ireland to be involved in, and have ownership of, the conversation in advance of the referendum date being announced.”
“There is momentum building towards a unity referendum taking place in the not-too-distant future. Increasingly people are recognising that Irish unity is the outcome that holds most appeal and there is a growing demand for an in-depth conversation on where this all leads to. Unionism in the north is now a minority and growing numbers of people across the island are asking the Irish Government to take the lead and prepare for a new, agreed and united Ireland.”
“The economic potential of a united Ireland is becoming very clear for all to see, particularly in the context of Brexit. The benefits of Irish unity to people north and south and the economy in both jurisdictions is becoming very apparent. Much of the north has never been developed to its true economic potential and a united Ireland, will unleash that economic potential with the entire island economy growing and becoming much more productive. That will mean the entire island of Ireland developing a stronger, more robust economy with increased numbers of better jobs and higher standards of living for people in all thirty-two counties.”
“We encourage people in Cork to play a leading role in this conversation. We want to hear a broad range of voices, we want people, particularly our young, to have their say in how we build a new and united Ireland that cherishes all the children of the nation equally. So Ireland’s Future is encouraging people to come along to the meeting in Cork to listen and engage and be a part of the preparation and planning for a new, agreed and united Ireland.”
The event will take place at 1PM on Saturday 25th September at the Clayton Hotel, Cork city and will also be broadcast live on Ireland’s Future Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channel.
Please register here for tickets: http://cork-preparing-for-a-new-ireland.eventbrite.ie/