Gerry Adams calls on US government support for a United Ireland border poll
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams spoke in New York last night, and called on Irish Americans to push for the US President Barack Obama, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to influence the British government to begin a discourse for a United Ireland.
Adams has previously spoken out, requesting a set date next year for holding a border poll, which would give the people of Northern Ireland a chance to have their opinion heard regarding the unification of Ireland.
He said, 'This isn't just an emotional or patriotic or inspirational dream. This is a very hardnosed realisable objective as part of the process of building a new Republic.'
Last night, the Louth TD put forward his ideas to Irish America for a United Ireland campaign, and the role they can play:
Irish America needs to persuade political opinion in America that a United Ireland is in the best strategic interests of the USA ... And we need Irish America to support the holding of a border poll.
He also thanked the Irish diaspora, who he said has 'remained steadfast, and kept faith with the cause of peace and justice and unity in Ireland.'
The Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland has opposed the holding of any border poll as 'a waste of taxpayers' money.'