//FG-FF document proposes united Ireland unit

FG-FF document proposes united Ireland unit

The Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil joint policy document has proposed the establishment of a unit within the Department of An Taoiseach “to work towards a consensus on a united island”.

Under a section entitled ‘A Shared Island’, the document states the unit will “examine the political, social economic and cultural considerations underpinning a future in which all traditions are mutually respected”.

The document commits to ensuring that “mechanisms are put in place to deal with the legacy of the Troubles, as outlined in the Stormont House Agreement”.

It states that both parties will be committed to working with all traditions on the island of Ireland to work towards a consensus around a shared future.

The policy plan said this consensus would be underpinned by the by the terms and institutions of the Good Friday Agreement.

It commits to prioritising the protection of the Peace Process and the “all-island economy” and expanding the British-Irish Council and the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference.

The document states that Covid-19 has “reinforced the need to protect public health for everyone on the island of Ireland” and that both parties will work to deepen and strengthen north-south health links as outlined in the recent Memorandum of Understanding.