05 August 2005

Govt urged to clarify stance on Dáil access for North MPs


05/08/2005 - 07:52:49

The Labour Party has called on the Government to disclose any deal it may have made with Sinn Féin regarding speaking rights in the Oireachtas for Northern politicians.

There has been much speculation in recent weeks that the Government was set to allow Northern MPs and MEPs to attend debates in the Dáil and Seanad.

The speculation has angered unionists, who say the move would be an unacceptable attempt to create an embryonic all-Ireland parliament.

Labour TD Liz McManus is now calling on the Government to reveal it has agreed to such a move in return for last week's IRA declaration that its war is over.

She said the issue could create further political polarisation in the North and the Government should clarify where it stands.

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