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IRELAND IS TO get two more European Parliament seats because of Brexit and Sinn Féin is calling on the Irish government to give them to Northern Ireland.

The call was made in a Sinn Féin submission the Constituency Commission which argues that citizens of the six counties of the north should continue to have representation in the European Parliament.

The majority of voters in Northern Ireland voted for the UK to remain in the EU and the border issue has emerged as one of the key stumbling blocks during Brexit negotiations.

Of course, they believe that they would both be Sinn Fein MEPs. Since you'd have to be an Irish passport holder to vote. Cute!

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by eurogreen on Wed Sep 5th, 2018 at 10:32:26 AM EST
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Sinn Fein have all sorts of fancy ideas :
WILL THE UNION Jack ever fly over Leinster House in the scenario of a united Ireland?

Sinn Féin's finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty told RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta that he couldn't see the day when that would happen, but added that a discussion was needed to accommodate those of a unionist tradition in a new Ireland.

"We need a conversation about symbolism, for the million people who identify as British and who believe deeply in their identity. In this new Ireland, it is important that those symbols are part of this new Ireland.

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The party leader Mary Lou McDonald has made similar comments in the recent past, telling this website that she is open to discussions on Ireland rejoining the Commonwealth.

But not NATO, surely?

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by eurogreen on Wed Sep 5th, 2018 at 10:38:38 AM EST
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NATO is never part of the conversation. NATO is not seen as part of the British Irish relationship. Membership of the Commonwealth, on the other hand, provides the symbolism of a closer relationship with Britain while providing none of the substance, an ideal solution from a republican point of view.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Sep 5th, 2018 at 11:02:51 AM EST
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i highly doubt it

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by liona rezz on Wed Sep 19th, 2018 at 05:25:00 AM EST
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And how would the Republic of Ireland organize an election within N. Ireland? They could give a disproportionate representation in the EP to Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan, the three Ulster counties not in N. Ireland and allow N. Ireland based Irish citizens to register and vote there, but how many would travel to vote there? Even this would run counter to legislation providing for proportionality between representation and resident population. However a nice try by Sinn Fein, to leverage their dominance of N. Ireland nationalist politics, and effectively disenfranchise N. Ireland unionists. Of course the DUP did that all by itself in pursuing a policy of Brexit in the first place..

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Sep 5th, 2018 at 11:10:58 AM EST
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