Irish Republicans and those interested in Irish unity have more cause to celebrate today as it seems that Bertie Ahern is set to announce plans for politicans from the north to have speaking rights in Dáil Eireann and so have politicians from all 32 counties representated in a single parliament. This is something Sinn Féin have been demanding for quite some time and it seems Bertie Ahern has finally how important an issue this is - better late than never. Hopefully this is merely the first step in the integration of political life on the Island.
As Pat Doherty rightly states, Irish people throughout the Island have the right to participate in the political life of the nation. This is another example of how Sinn Féin's dedication to the cause of Irish unity is bearing fruit for Nationalists and Republicans. The next step must be all Ireland elections.