Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (174)

Micheál Martin

Question:

174. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the new party NI 21 in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28704/13]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The political party NI21 was launched on 6 June, 2013 at a public event in Belfast. While the policy platform of the party is currently being developed, the party has indicated it will take a unionist stand on the constitutional issue, while making an appeal to all sides of the community. The party describes itself as “a confident, generous, and progressive pro-UK party”. The formation of a political party is a fundamental freedom in any democratic society. I would expect that the new party will put a policy platform before the electorate in due course. Officials from my Department have contact with representatives from NI 21 and I look forward to having an opportunity to meet with the party leadership in due course.

Questions Nos. 175 and 176 answered with Question No. 172.