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referendum bid Sinn Fein launch advertising campaign calling for United Ireland referendum in US newspapers

Adverts have appeared in the Washington Post and New York Times

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It is understood the advert was funded by Friends of Sinn Fein in the USA

It is understood the advert was funded by Friends of Sinn Fein in the USA

It is understood the advert was funded by Friends of Sinn Fein in the USA

Sinn Fein has launched an advertising campaign calling for a referendum on whether or not there should be a United Ireland in American newspapers.

The adverts were taken out in the New York Times and the Washington Post.

The half page ads are entitled 'A United Ireland – let the people have their say'.

The advertisements, which have been launched ahead of St Patrick's Day, cite the 1998 Good Friday Agreement which they claim has created a 'peaceful and democratic pathway' towards a United Ireland.

The advert also claims that the 'Unionist (pro-union with Britain) electoral majority in the North is gone.

'Their rights, and the rights of all, are guaranteed in a United Ireland. It will be a welcoming home for all.'

'A new Ireland is emerging, and more and more people are looking beyond the divisions of the past. I knew Ireland that is seeking to undo the damage of the undemocratic partition of Ireland 100 years ago and the recent British government imposed Brexit.'

It adds: 'We appeal to the Irish government to promote and plan for unity.

'As Americans, we call upon our government and public representatives to urge the British Government to set the date for the Unity Referendum.'

The advertising campaign, it is understood, has been organised by Friends of Sinn Fein and is supported by a number of Irish-American groups such as the James Connolly Irish-American Labor Coalition and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

As well as the mainstream newspapers, the advert will run in Irish-American publications such as the Irish Echo.

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