The fallout from Brexit continues to “ravage” politics in Northern Ireland, Taoiseach Micheál Martin told an audience in Derry.
r Martin was speaking at an event organized by the Hume Foundation at the Playhouse Theater in town.
He said: “My Government is listening carefully to the concerns of all communities in Northern Ireland.”
“Here, as a Taoiseach, I have worked actively and constructively with union, nationalist and other political leaders from across the spectrum.
“The Irish Government will never dismiss serious concerns about the Protocol and we work very actively with our EU partners to listen and engage, but any opposition must always be peaceful. That’s just basic.
“There are democratic and legitimate means of raising any concerns and working through decisions. That’s what we need to focus on.”
Referring to almost a quarter of a century since the Good Friday Agreement, Mr Martin said there had been reconciliation across the islands.
He added: “But we also see that the three relationships envisaged in the Good Friday Agreement are strained and have been for some time.
“The fallout from Brexit, including the Protocol, continues to wreak havoc on politics in Northern Ireland, complicating both North-South and East-West relations.
“The power-sharing executive and the North-South Council of Ministers are once again not fully functioning, which is a matter of great concern.
“Because it is the fact that the legacy of the problems has still not been dealt with fairly. This fails to meet the needs and legitimate expectations of the victims and the unresolved trauma in society.”
Before the event, some homeowners affected by the mica controversy protested outside the theater. Mr Martin stopped to speak to the protesters before entering.
Earlier in the day, Mr Martin said he hadn’t thought twice about coming to Northern Ireland a week after the safety warning which disrupted Mr Coveney’s visit last Friday.
The Taoiseach performed a number of engagements during his visit to Derry.
He met with city business leaders and visited Ulster University’s Magee campus to discuss cross-border research projects.
The research projects are funded through the Irish Government’s Joint Insular Initiative.
He also visited Altnagelvin Hospital, where the government has part-funded cross-border cancer treatments.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/the-outworkings-of-brexit-continue-to-bedevil-politics-in-northern-ireland-taoiseach-micheal-martin-41512605.html The consequences of Brexit continue to “burden” politics in Northern Ireland – Taoiseach Micheál Martin