Ninety-two per cent favour united Ireland in local ‘poll’

Sinn Féin claims Yes vote in unofficial poll sends ‘very clear signal’

 

Sinn Féin has claimed a 92 per cent Yes vote in an unofficial, mini Border poll shows a “very clear signal of strong demand” for a united Ireland.

The so-called “People’s Referendum” was held in two electoral districts: Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, and Upper Creggan, Co Louth, on Saturday. Polling stations were open from 7am to 8pm. It was open to anyone aged 16 and over.

According to the organisers, a community group called United Ireland – You Decide, more than 1,000 people voted, returning a result of more than 92 per cent in favour of reunification. United Ireland chairwoman Emma McArdle claimed the debate on Irish unity had “well and truly begun”.

She said: “This has been a hugely successful initiative. We engaged with thousands of people during the three-week campaign [leading up to the mock election]. We have allowed the people of our community to have their say.

“We hope that other areas will follow our example and do the same,” Ms McArdle added.

The Belfast Agreement contains a provision for a Border poll, but only if “sufficient demand” for constitutional change is in evidence.