Ireland's Future

Members' Statements – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 10:45 am on 11 June 2024.

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Photo of Philip McGuigan Philip McGuigan Sinn Féin 10:45, 11 June 2024

On Saturday, I will join others from all over the island at a major event in the SSE Arena in Belfast organised by Ireland's Future. The event is a significant and important opportunity to engage in the conversation about how we shape the path towards a new Ireland. Ireland's Future is a group established to advocate, promote, debate and have discussions about Ireland's future, particularly focused on the potential that exists for new constitutional arrangements on the island.

I commend Ireland's Future for organising this pivotal event and providing opportunities and spaces for this important conversation to flourish. I encourage all MLAs to read a number of insightful documents published on its website that cover topics as diverse as rights, citizenship and identity; planning for a strong all-island economy; and the potential for a world-class, all-island national health service. This Saturday's event, entitled "Pathway to Change", will cover those subjects, as well as hosting discussions on the labour movement,; arts and culture; and disability matters in a changing Ireland. There will also be an important discussion focused on perspectives from those in the Protestant community.

The conversation for constitutional change in Ireland is getting louder. It is getting more detailed, and its benefits are becoming increasingly apparent. I encourage everyone with an interest in their future and the future of the people of this island to attend Saturday's event at the SSE Arena in Belfast.