A public meeting will take place in the Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo, on Thursday 16th June at 7pm, to discuss constitutional change and the ever-increasing likelihood of a border poll and Irish unity.
This is the tenth meeting in an all island series, organised by the pro-Irish unity civic group, Ireland’s Future, and follows well-attended meetings the group have previously organised in Cork, Galway, Dublin, Derry, Armagh, Limerick, Dundalk, Waterford and Kilkenny. Ireland’s Future has also hosted recent successful events in Philadelphia, New York and London.
The Sligo meeting will be chaired by broadcaster and commentator Andrée Murphy and panelists taking part are Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry, Sinn Féin MEP Chris MacManus, Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan, Professor Colin Harvey Queen’s University Belfastand Chairperson of Diversity Sligo Nike Ogun.
Speaking in advance, Ireland’s Future Secretary Niall Murphy, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to be bringing this conversation to Sligo. Like the previous panels, this 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 and beyond 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.
“There is no longer a majority in the north supporting the status quo 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 Sligo 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 on how we build a new and united Ireland that cherishes all the children of the nation equally. Ireland’s Future is encouraging people to come along to the meeting in Sligo 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 7PM on Thursday 16th June at the Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo and will also be broadcast live on Ireland’s Future Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channel.
You can register at Eventbrite or register at the hotel on the evening. Everybody is welcome to attend.