Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

How uniting Ireland would help unionists

The 97th anniversary of the Easter Rising, which led six years later to the formation of the Free State and partition of Ireland, will be marked with a commemoration attended by the Irish president.

The peace process provides this opportunity to discuss Irish unity in a much more neutral way than was possible during the Troubles.

A united Ireland offers economic benefits to the UK, Northern Ireland and Ireland, as the bigger Irish domestic market would make it more attractive for investment.

Northern Ireland could have an economic policy which suits a small country and use current funds spent on cross-border institutions in a more efficient way.

Unionists could benefit substantially from Irish unity, as they would form a significant part of the population. They could protect their interests even more than at the moment.

PATRICK BAMMING

Dublin

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