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Taoiseach Enda Kenny 'can't wait 20 years' for united Ireland


Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has reignited the debate over a united Ireland after he said that he does not want to wait "20 years" before Northern Ireland secures accession to EU membership.

Mr Kenny said that in light of 'Brexit', a scenario could develop whereby Northern Ireland, which voted Remain, could end up at the "back of the queue" for EU entry.

He made the remarks at a private Fine Gael fundraiser in Dublin. Several sources at the event said there was a clear signalling by the Taoiseach of the prospect of a referendum on a united Ireland.

An Irish government source, however, emphasised that Mr Kenny made similar remarks in Oxford in September. There, he told an audience that the "possibility of unity by consent must be maintained as a valid democratic option into the future."

Mr Kenny is due to attend the British Irish Council in Wales today.

Belfast Telegraph