Gerry Adams welcomes Taoiseach's Northern Ireland recognition over Brexit

An all-Ireland discussion on Britain's exit is set to for November

Gerry Adams welcomes Taoiseach's Northern Ireland recognition over Brexit

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams outside Leinster House in Dublin | Image: RollingNews.ie

The Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has welcomed Taoiseach Enda Kenny's comments on Northern Ireland in relation to Britain's exit from the European Union.

Speaking on Wednesday in the Dáil, Mr Kenny said: "As this is the island of Ireland and we have a land border with Northern Ireland that will become an external EU border, I will articulate that people in Northern Ireland voted to stay in the EU.

"Given the particular relationship we have with Northern Ireland, it is important that this voice is heard.

"This is another reason for having an all-island conversation about where all this is headed and what implications Brexit may have along the line."

Responding to this, Mr Adams said: "One of the biggest issue facing the island of Ireland in the immediate future is Brexit.

"There is an imperative for those of us on this island who oppose the people of the North being dragged out of the EU to agree a coordinated strategic approach.

"This week the Taoiseach confirmed to me that he intends convening discussions in November."

Mr Kenny has said an all-Ireland "conversation" about the Brexit vote will take place in two months' time.

But one of the main parties in the North, the DUP, has said that it would not participate in the event - adding that "no new structures were necessary for such discussions".

While the North's First Minister Arlene Foster also rubbished such an idea at the North-South Ministerial Council in July.

"For my part I believe that there are more than enough mechanisms by which we can discuss these issues on a north-south basis," Ms Foster said.

"And frankly I don't believe that there's any mechanisms needed because we can lift the phone to each other on a daily basis if that were so needed to have these discussions".

But Mr Adams says: "I very much welcome the Taoiseach's clear commitment to advocate for the people of the North in respect of the vote to remain in the European Union.

"Such advocacy will be very welcome. Having so clearly set out his commitment in this regard, we now need an all-party discussion on Brexit among the leaders and the forum must meet as soon as possible."