Sinn Féin MPs Conor Murphy (Newry/Armagh) and Michelle Gildernew (Fermanagh/South Tyrone) will be in London tomorrow 29th and Wednesday 30th January to brief cross-party MP’s and Peers on Sinn Féin’s call for a Border Poll.
Speaking before leaving for London the Sinn Féin MP’s said:
“The purpose of our visit this week is a follow on from the launch of the Sinn Féin Border Campaign by Party President, Gerry Adams in Dublin last week. In our discussions with MP’s from across the political parties we will be lobbying support for the holding of a Poll to determine the constitutional preference of the people of the North of Ireland.
Michelle Gildernew explained:
“While the Good Friday Agreement states that the British Secretary of State will decide when to call such a Poll, Sinn Féin believes that recent election and Census results demonstrate enough change in demographics to warrant a Border Poll being conducted in the lifetime of the next Assembly & Oireachtas terms.
Conor Murphy added:
“There are also on-going efforts by Sinn Féin to convince unionist political leaders to sit down with all the other parties to discuss issues of identity, culture and symbols. This takes on a new sense of urgency in the aftermath of the recent protests following the democratic decision by Belfast City Council to fly the Union flag only on designated days. We will also be updating the Westminster MP’s on these developments.
“Although the number of protests still taking place has been reduced, illegal blocking of roads and violence, as in Newtownabbey on Friday night is still taking place