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Micheal Martin

Micheal Martin

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Micheal Martin

Ulster Unionist leader Steve Aiken has welcomed the Taoiseach's comments that calls for a border poll are divisive.

Speaking in the Dail, Micheal Martin said he didn't believe that "precipitating or organising a referendum like that is the way to go". The Taoiseach added that he favoured stronger North-South relations.

Mr Aiken said: "It's good to see the new Taoiseach appreciating the reality of the situation rather than chasing the destabilising influences of a border poll. I would much rather that we rebuild relationships. We have always said that we want North-South, East-West relationships to work and we want to move away from the toxic relationships of the past. We should seek to use this as an opportunity to improve on what went before."