Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (174)

Micheál Martin


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.