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The Protestant 'majority' claim holds no water

Ulster-born from a strong Protestant background, but now a convinced secularist, I applaud Mary Dejevsky's proposal that Northern Ireland's transfer to the Republic would make "cultural, demographic and geographic sense" (Comment, August 30).

It is time to ignore the phoney Protestant unionist 'majority' claim. Ireland consists of 32 counties, whose citizens were not consulted when the border was created. Even the nine county province of Ulster was divided to ensure a built-in majority favouring unionism.

A basic requirement for any union is agreement by the parties concerned. Would a referendum show that a majority in mainland Britain wish to continue the expensive and embarrassing union with an artificially created statelet? Highly unlikely.

W J McILROY

Hove, Sussex

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