Speaking to the News Letter at Sinn Fein’s manifesto launch in Belfast, the party’s MEP Martina Anderson claimed that “a lot of thinking unionists” could be persuaded of the merits of a united Ireland.
Mrs Anderson also said that she was opposed to the current use of two currencies on the island of Ireland but declined to say whether she supported the introduction of the euro in Northern Ireland.
And Mrs Anderson rebutted claims of confusion within Sinn Fein on the issue of abortion.
Last month the SDLP’s Ferghal McKinney claimed that Mrs Anderson had voted for the pro-choice Estrela Report in the European Parliament.
He said: “This report sought to make abortion a human right, a personal choice in any circumstance. Contradictory messages have been coming from Sinn Féin on abortion for some time.”
However, Mrs Anderson denied that she had ever voted for the report, saying that it had never come to a vote in the Parliament, meaning that “I never even got a chance to vote on it”.