Statement in support of independence met with rapturous applause at Dublin event
YOUNG STUDENTS at one of Ireland’s top universities raised the roof in support of Scottish independence as its student society hosted Scotland’s First Minister last night (Monday 28 November).
Trinty College Dublin (TCD), which boasts alumni including literary giant Oscar Wilde, revolutionary Wolfe Tone, and former Irish President Mary Robinson, was the venue for a wide-ranging address by Nicola Sturgeon covering education, citizenship, and Brexit.
But the event really came alive during the student Q&A, when Sturgeon was pressed on issues including abortion rights in Ireland, her view on Fidel Castro, and how to challenge the rise of right-wing populism.
Yet it was the issue of Scottish independence that brought the strongest reaction from the young Irish crowd of several hundred students.
When the first minister reiterated her support for independence, the crowd cheered and applauded in support.
The chair of the event, turning to his final question, told Sturgeon he wants to ask a question about independence.
“I support it,” replied Sturgeon, winning cheers from the audience.
The event, which saw the TCD Philosophical society present Sturgeon with an award in recognition of her public service, was the final event in the first minister’s first day of a two day visit to the Irish capital.
Sturgeon has said that a fresh independence referendum is “highly likely”, given the threats to Scotland’s economy and democracy as a result of Brexit and the Tory majority government.
— Michael Gray (@GrayInGlasgow) November 28, 2016
Irish political leaders have been among the most supportive of the Scottish Government’s pro-Europe agenda since the June referendum result.
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