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Independent | 'We believe in the Union' - [Bastid Queen] rules out taking part in Citizen's Assembly
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he would not rule out a Citizens' Assembly, but questioned whether unionists living in Northern Ireland would take part in it. Mr Varadkar said if unionists living in Northern Ireland did not take part in the Citizens' Assembly, it would risk becoming a "pan-nationalist" [?] assembly.
The Irish News reported on Friday that Mr [Nigel] Dodds said the DUP will consider proposals for a Citizens' Assembly examining Irish unity but that dialogue must be conducted "first and foremost" through political representatives.
Belfast Telly | Queen's professor Colin Harvey proposes date for Irish unity polls
"The academic said votes on the issue should be held in Northern Ireland and the Republic on May 22, 2023 - 25 years on from the referendum ratifying the Good Friday Agreement. He explained this would give both governments time to allow for 'the required levels of preparation'."
Lace Curtain | Stephen Collins: Varadkar, Martin right to rebuff united Ireland citizens' assembly
"The leaders of the two biggest parties in the Dail, Leo Varadkar and Michael Martin, have have done the State some service by rebuffing the ill-considered request by 1,000 luminaries who have written an open letter calling for the establishment of a citizens' assembly to pave the way for a united Ireland."

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