The Republic of Ireland has agreed to hold a referendum on its future independence within the next 10 years, according to the latest report from independent living charity Independent Living.
The organisation’s executive director, Joanna Connolly, said the referendum would mark a significant milestone in the country’s ongoing journey towards a new independent state.
“In the coming months, Independent Living will be releasing an in-depth report that will explain how Ireland can be proud of our country, and that it is time to leave the EU,” she said.
“We have always said that the referendum will be the most important test of our new country.”
The independence of our people and our economy will be at stake, and independence will determine how we will live in a democratic republic.
“The report, entitled ‘How We Can Build a New Ireland: A new Independent State in the Making’, was published on Monday.
The referendum is expected to take place in 2017, with the results expected by 2021.
The report said the country could decide to join the European Union, with a new, single currency, a free trade agreement and a common travel area.”
A new independent Ireland is possible,” the report said.
It also pointed to the importance of holding a referendum if Ireland’s membership of the European Economic Area (EEA) was to be maintained.
It said a strong and successful referendum would be a key factor in setting the country on the path to independence.”
Ireland’s economy is the biggest in the EU, with exports accounting for more than a third of GDP.”
We believe that the country is on the right path.”
Ireland’s economy is the biggest in the EU, with exports accounting for more than a third of GDP.
The country’s unemployment rate is close to 12 per cent.
It is not yet clear if the referendum is a referendum or not.
However, it is understood the Government has been trying to secure the support of all parties, including the main opposition Democratic Unionist Party, which is against the move.
The Independent Living report also found the economy has been doing better under the current Government, which has improved spending on social services, pensions and education.
The independence referendum has also been a key sticking point in the recent talks between Sinn Féin and the Government over the future of Northern Ireland, which was halted in April over the past year after the peace process collapsed.
Sinn Féine has been pressing the Government to agree to the referendum and to set up a special committee to negotiate a new deal on the island.
Mr Connolly said she expected the new committee to include representatives from the two main parties in the talks.
The committee will also have a mandate to recommend to the Government a new plan for the island, with an option for a referendum.
“That will be a very important point,” she added.
“And this is a very long way away.”
But we hope to be able to achieve a referendum in the coming years.
“A referendum on Irish unity was first proposed by former President Mary Robinson in 1992.
The process was put on hold in 2008 and the then-Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was elected to lead the government for the next five years.