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Sinn Fein chief Gerry Adams in fresh call for united Ireland border poll

By Noel McAdam

Sinn Fein will today renew its push for another 'border poll' on Irish unity.

Just five months after the government rejected the proposal, a new document being released simultaneously in Belfast and Dublin aims to accelerate discussions.

SF president Gerry Adams, who will host the Belfast launch, said it argues for the referendum mechanism in the Good Friday Agreement to be used.

The Louth TD said it appeared recently that the position of Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin is in favour of Irish unity - "but not yet".

"Both of these leaders need to look beyond the rhetoric and embrace and develop strategies to bring about Irish unity," he said, adding that he hoped unionists would also become involved in the "widest possible debate" on the issue.

Sinn Fein has claimed that the outcome of the Brexit referendum "will transform the relations within this island and between the island of Ireland and Britain".

DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds said: "Every time that republicans make their call to hold a border poll it simply serves to reinforce that behind the rhetoric lies a vacuum. Every time the issue is raised, we are told that the case for a united Ireland is overwhelming but oddly none of these brilliant arguments are ever deployed.

"Similarly, it apparently only requires persuasion for unionists to support a united Ireland, but there is never any discussion as to why this persuasion hasn’t taken place up until now.

"It is perfectly possible for nationalists and republicans to have the debate about a united Ireland, but that can take place without a border poll. The fact that so few people are actually interested in having the conversation only raises the question why some people wish to highlight that failure.

"The grounds for calling a border poll are clear and they are no closer to being met than on any of the previous occasions this tired issue has been raised. The focus should be on how Northern Ireland and the Republic can work together as good neighbours and in our common interests rather than on the latest round of an intra-nationalist battle."

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