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United Ireland would benefit all

JAMES Plunkett described the Irish people of 1914 as the "risen people". Two years later, the Easter Rising started. These events show that change can be achieved – if people are determined.

The state visit to the UK has shown the friendship which has developed between our countries. This friendship and the Good Friday Agreement provide a platform to discuss a united Ireland.

Irish unity offers economic benefits, as the bigger Irish domestic market would make it more attractive for investment and Northern Ireland could have an economic policy which suits a small country.

Unionists could have significant influence, as a significant part of the population. July 12 could become an all-island celebration to mark the contribution of unionists to culture and society. The Easter Rising could be commemorated to show thankfulness that never again will a minority be divided from the majority.

PATRICK BAMMING

Dublin

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