Sinn Féin leader: 'Europe should engage with Catalonia's self-determination'
Mary Lou McDonald says Spanish government should accept the "movement for freedom" and dialogue not only about "the status quo"
The leader of the Irish republican party Sinn Féin, Mary Lou McDonald, believes that the EU should make a move in the Catalan conflict.
"The responsible thing for Europe to do is not to side down Catalonia and this question of democracy and self-determination, but to engage with it," she said talking to the Catalan News Agency (ACN) in Brussels.
"That is a thing that would not only benefit the people of Catalonia, and the people of Spain, but it could also bring confidence to the citizens of Europe that their institutions are able to listen" she added.
For her, the Spanish government should also admit that Catalonia has a right to vote in an independence referendum.
"Rather than trying to suppress that movement for freedom, Madrid [should] reconcile itself to that democratic reality"
Mary Lou McDonald · Sinn Féin leader
"Nobody has the right to deny that, people has a right to self-determination."
According to McDonald, the history of Ireland shows that the only way out of the Catalan crisis is dialogue.
The successor of Gerry Adams as Sinn Féin head stated that "a dialogue that falls short and is just about the status quo, is not a proper dialogue at all, it can't get to the heart of the issue."
"Rather than trying to suppress that movement for freedom, Madrid [should] reconcile itself to that democratic reality," added McDonald.