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Wouldn’t it be better?

April 18, 2019

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Wouldn’t it be better if the British government, the Irish government and the DUP upheld the Brexit referendum vote in the North to remain in the EU?

Wouldn’t it be better if there was no hard border?

Wouldn’t it be better if there was no border at all?

Wouldn’t it be better if the rights of every citizen on the island of Ireland were upheld in law?

Wouldn’t it be better if the British government honored its commitments under the Good Friday and subsequent Agreements?

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Wouldn’t it be better if the Irish government honored its commitments under the Good Friday and subsequent Agreements?

Wouldn’t it be better if the British government refused to accept a Unionist veto over the rights of citizens available elsewhere on these islands, except the North?

Wouldn’t it be better if the Irish government pro-actively and publicly campaigned for these rights and for the right of Irish citizens living in the North and overseas to vote in Presidential elections?

Wouldn’t it be better if the Irish government honored the commitment in the Good Friday Agreement negotiations to allow MPs elected in the North to attend and speak in the Dáil – without voting rights?

Wouldn’t it be better if the British government accepted the right of citizens in the North to identify as Irish or British or both and to honor that right in legislation?

Wouldn’t it be better if the Irish government privately and publicly challenged the British government on its refusal to accept the right of citizens in the North, enshrined in the Good Friday Agreement, to identity as Irish?

Wouldn’t it be better if our future was based on tolerance and rights?

Wouldn’t it be better if there was no place for sectarian politics, segregation, gender or racial discrimination?

Wouldn’t it be better if the island of Ireland was a leader in tackling climate change?

Wouldn’t it be better if every citizen had the right to a home, to a job, to education at all levels and access to health care at the point of delivery?

Wouldn’t it be better if we lived in a society in which neither gender or race, age or disability, sexual orientation or class, or creed or skin color or location was used to deny citizens their full rights and entitlements?

Wouldn’t it be better to live in a society – a place of opportunity and equality in which there is no denial of rights and where every single person, despite our differences, is equal?

Wouldn’t it be better if there was full co-operation across our island on public services, as well as agriculture, tourism, fishing, the environment, health, education, policing and other services?

Wouldn’t it be better if health services in the North were available to people from the South and vice versa?

Wouldn’t it be better if we lived in a society that upheld and defended workers’ rights, ended the crisis in housing and homelessness across this island?

Wouldn’t it be better if we had an all-island economy that created more employment, better paid jobs, ended the scourge of zero hour contracts, and treated workers with respect?

Wouldn’t it be better if we had one policing and justice system for the island of Ireland?

Wouldn’t it be better if these matters were agreed between the people who live on the island of Ireland without interference from others?

Wouldn’t it be better to live in a new, shared Ireland in which people of all religions and none, whether unionist or nationalist or republican or none, have the same entitlement to the full ownership of that new Ireland?

Wouldn’t it be better if we started planning for this?

Wouldn’t it be better if the people of the North and the South on the opportunity to agree on our future?

Wouldn’t it be better if, instead of engaging in negative carping and criticizing as divisive efforts to achieve a united, modern and shared Ireland, Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and others in the South agreed to establish a forum which could plan for and win a United Ireland?

Wouldn’t it be better if the Irish government supported the demand for a referendum on Irish Unity as set out in the Good Friday Agreement?

 

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