‘A Sustained Diplomatic Offensive’


Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British Prime Minister Theresa May at a joint press conference after a meeting at Government Buildings in Dublin in January

RTE reports:

The British government attempted to block a move by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to insert an Irish unity declaration into the text of an extraordinary summit of EU leaders at the end of April, during which they adopted the EU’s negotiating mandate ahead of the Brexit talks.

The text spelled out that in the event of a future unity referendum in Ireland, as envisaged by the Good Friday Agreement, Northern Ireland would automatically rejoin the European Union.

However, RTÉ News understands that the British government attempted to get the declaration delayed until after the UK General Election, so as not to damage Theresa May’s chances of victory.

…The so-called unity clause was to be inserted into the minutes of an extraordinary summit meeting in Brussels on 29 April.

However, two days beforehand, Irish officials were subject to what one source described as a sustained diplomatic offensive by Britain to try to block the declaration.

…In the event, Mr Kenny requested the clause, and it was unanimously adopted by the other 26 member states.

UK tried to block Kenny move on unity clause (RTE)


18 thoughts on “‘A Sustained Diplomatic Offensive’

  1. Sheik Yahbouti

    I can easily see how any ‘diplomatic efforts ‘ by Enda Kenny could, and should, be deemed “offensive”.

    1. Rob_G

      Enda Kenny, in one fell swoop, achieves more for our brethren in the north than Sinn Féin ever has in the entirety of its existence, and still people find cause to complain…

  2. Sheik Yahbouti

    PS just saw the ‘headlines’ on RTE news. Why should any of US give a good goddamn as to when “the first family” take up residence in the White House?

    1. Frilly Keane

      Dunno about you but I wouldn’t mind seeing more of Melania smacking POTUS s little hands
      And other body parts

          1. Bertie "the inexplicable pleasure" Blenkinsop

            Was never given a soother as a kid actually, which I’m sure explains a lot!

    1. Rob_G

      Sheik making unpleasant personal comments based on people’s appearances, as per usual.

  3. Sheik Yahbouti

    Yeah, “Rob” (identity No. 17), we are just furious at that awful Sheik :-D

    1. Rob_G

      I’m always Rob, and never furious; you just seem kind of mean-spirited taking unnecessary pot-shots at someone based on how they look, is all.

      1. Sheik Yahbouti

        Humble and effusive apologies, Rob G, we all know how sensitive and empathic you are.

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