Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has congratulated the UCC Students Union on its overwhelming vote in favour of taking an official stance on Irish reunification.
The Ireland South MEP was commenting after 63% UCC students answered the question “Should UCC Students’ union campaign in favour of a United ireland?” with a resounding Yes.
The result came just days after NUIG students voted 74% in favour of their Students’ Union supporting Irish reunification with votes in UCD ataking place today and a further referendum to be held in Trinity.
“I want to congratulate the Students of UCC for the positive, respectful and informative manner in which this debate was carried out and in particular the UCC Sinn Féin Martin Hurson Cumann who secured this referendum with an incredible signature drive,” she said.
“Encouragingly, the Vote Yes campaign was run by a broad, non-partisan group that brought in several groups and parties. Once again, the students and the youth of Ireland have shown the rest of us how it should be done.
“The overwhelming Yes vote is also to be welcomed; clearly the issue of partition is still an issue that concerns our young people, as well it should, particularly as we face into Brexit which threatens to limit their opportunities for education and travel.
“Many of the issues that concern them most; education, equality, mental health, can only be addressed fully on an all Ireland basis and this result reflects that.
“More important than even the result of the referendum, however, is the fact that this discussion has been started and how appropriate, as has so often happened in Irish history, that it started with our students.
“This is their future and it’s important that their voices, all their voices, are heard when it comes to forming a vision of what a new Ireland will be like.
“Irish reunification cannot be the responsibility of Sinn Féin alone and it’s fantastic to see our youth building a broad, inclusive movement towards that goal.“