RSF Call For A 'No' Vote in the 'Citizenship Referendum'
Des Dalton, Vice President, Republican SINN FÉIN
"RSF is calling on the people of the 26 Counties to reject this cynical tampering with the right of citizenship.
"Republican Sinn Fein will be calling for a 'No' vote in the forthcoming so-called 'citizenship referendum' on June 11. In holding such a referendum coinciding with local and European elections, the Dublin administration are playing party politics with the basic right of citizenship. Having already removed in 1998 'Article 2' of the '1937 Constitution' which enshrined the territorial integrity of the island of Ireland, the 26 County government are now proposing to take from people born in Ireland their right to citizenship. Once that basic right has been removed, citizenship becomes something arbitrary, a privilege which can be given or taken away, rather than a fundamental right common to all Irish born people."