Monday, August 01, 2005

Northern Irish MEPs in an "All Ireland Parliament?"

18 MPs and three MEPs from Northern Ireland would be given speaking rights as well as a role in committees in the Irish Dail reports UTV. The story tells that SF would like to see five MPs, including Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness, as well as MEP Bairbre de Brun to participate in Dail's debates. However the UUP leader Sir Reg Empey, yesterday, is said to have "reacted furiously to the proposal which, he claimed, was another concession to Sinn Fein in the wake of the IRA's announcement that it is abandoning its armed campaign." ***UPDATE*** According to my sources, UUP MEP Jim Nicholson refuses to participate.

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