Fermanagh South Tyrone Sinn Féin MLAs Jemma Dolan and Áine Murphy with First Minister Michelle O'Neill and Uachtarán Shinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald TD.

Exploring what a united Ireland might look like

People's Assembly to be hosted in Fermanagh on Thursday

An event billed as a People’s Assembly in Enniskillen will this week discuss the pros and cons of a united Ireland.

Organised by Sinn Féin's ‘Commission on the Future of Ireland’, the event will be opened by party president Mary Lou McDonald

The Fermanagh People’s Assembly will be held on Thursday, February 22 in the Westville Hotel, Enniskillen at 7pm.

The event is intended as an opportunity for Fermanagh citizens to have their say on future constitutional change and on the shape of the new Ireland.

“The Commission on the Future of Ireland is an ambitious public, sectoral and private consultation by Sinn Féin on the future of Ireland," said Deputy Mary Lou McDonald. "The meeting is an open invitation to everyone, whether you are for or against Irish Unity, to have your say on constitutional change.

"It is an opportunity for citizens to discuss future constitutional arrangements; political and democratic structures and governance; the role of the Irish government; the rights and equality agenda; the protection of minorities; future economic and public policy models and a future all-island public health service.

"Public interest in and the discussion about Irish Unity and the setting on the Good Friday Agreement provision for a unity referendum, has never been greater. It is being discussed North and South and in Britain. Public commentators, as well as a range of academic and economic institutions have published papers on the merits of unity."

Noelle McAloon will chair the Fermanagh People's Assembly. Amongst the panel of contributors are Dr Niall McVeigh, Director of Cavan Institute; Trevor Birney, Producer, award-winning director and founder of Fine Point Films, Below the Radar; Mairaid Kelly, Local School Campaigner.

This event is open to the public and you can register online to attend via Eventbrite by searching Fermanagh Peoples Assembly.