A group of politicians has asked the Taoiseach to explain why the Irish Government is refusing to formally recognise the island of Northern Ireland, which is in the British-run British-administered parts of the island.
Key points:The letter from TDs calls on the Taois to “show the public why you have failed to recognise this island”A similar letter has been sent to Taoiseffs office in Belfast.
Mr Fitzgerald’s office has been accused of “lacking the moral courage” to answer the question.
The group has been pushing for an independent Northern Ireland and says the issue should be tackled on a “proper level” by the European Union.
A group of TDs has also called on the Government to publish its plans for a united Ireland, the latest in a series of letters and letters of support sent to Mr Fitzgerald.
The letter to the Taoises office was sent on Monday by TDs from both parties in the Dublin-based Fine Gael and Labour-Green coalition.
They asked for answers to the following questions:1.
“In light of recent events, including the declaration of independence from the United Kingdom, why are you refusing to publicly recognise the State of Northern Irish Republic?”
The Government’s failure to acknowledge the Republic of Ireland and the Irish Republic is deeply disturbing.
Why do you refuse in such a way that you are preventing the Government of Ireland from properly acknowledging the Republic?”3. “
How can you refuse to acknowledge your own Government’s decision to deny recognition to the Republic?
Why do you refuse in such a way that you are preventing the Government of Ireland from properly acknowledging the Republic?”3.
“Why do your Government continue to refuse to recognise the Republic in its entirety?”
As the Irish people we all need to understand why you are refusing to acknowledge this country.
“The letter has also been signed by the Minister for External Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, the Minister of State for External Relations, Eoin Ó Fearghaile, and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alan Shatter.
It was sent to the Minister’s office in the capital and the Taoislash’s offices in Belfast and Dublin.
It says: “The Taois Office in Dublin has been slow to acknowledge and explain why it has refused to recognise a democratic and sovereign Irish Republic and its peoples.””
The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has made no public acknowledgement of this failure to recognise nor apologise for this failure, nor has the Taoist Government responded to this refusal in any way.””
Given the continued reluctance to acknowledge, the Taoiste and the Minister have made no effort to communicate their position to the people of Ireland.
“The group argues that the “Irish Government has not only failed to take the necessary steps to recognise its people, but it has done so at a time when Northern Ireland’s citizens are at risk from further destabilisation”.”
In the midst of this destabilisation and disruption, Northern Ireland has suffered under an increasingly hostile and ungovernable regime of British rule.
“The Dublin- based group says the Government’s refusal to recognise an independent Ireland was a “very serious” breach of its duties.”
This failure to act has been a major factor in the continuing threat to Northern Ireland of further terrorist attacks by both domestic and international groups.
“We believe that this Government has the moral responsibility to make an honest, transparent, and comprehensive response to this crisis.”
“This must include an acknowledgement of the State’s role in Northern Ireland for a democratic republic.”
The Taoiseas office has yet to respond to the letter.