Declan Breathnach TD
Louth (and East Meath)

16th December 2019

 

Breathnach says focus for North must now be on restoring Stormont

 

-Stormont collapsed in January 2017-
Louth TD and Fianna Fáíl Spokesperson on Cross border co-operation Declan Breathnach said following the U.K. General election, focus must now be on restoring power-sharing Government at Stormont. The Northern Ireland assembly hasn’t sat for almost three years, giving it a world record as the jurisdiction with the longest peacetime period without a government.

 

Breathnach commented “The citizens of the North have been without a devolved Government for almost 3 years. Issues such as health, housing and education have been swept aside and not dealt with properly. People elected politicians to do their jobs and it’s outrageous they’ve been left without representation for so long.”

 

In the election, the DUP won 8 seats, Sinn Féín won 7, the SDLP won 2 and the Alliance Party won 1. Earlier this year, Fianna Fáíl and the SDLP entered into an official partnership. Breathnach canvassed in the election for SDLP Cllr Michael Savage in South Down and commented that it was a “great result for the SDLP”. The results were also of historical significance because for the first time in the history of Northern Ireland, there are now more Nationalist MPs than Unionist ones.

 

In terms of Brexit, Breathnach concluded that “We now have clarity due to the fact that the Conservatives have a large majority in the House of Commons. We can expect Boris Johnson to pass the Withdrawal Agreement through parliament in the coming weeks and the U.K. will finally leave the European Union on or before the 31st of January. There is no Brexit that is good for Ireland, but at least it looks like we have avoided the possibility of a no-deal Brexit and a hard border on the island of Ireland.”

 
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Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638)
(T) 01 6183549 (Email) declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie