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Professor Colin Harvey: ‘Destructive negativity’ will not derail united Ireland conversation

Professor Harvey believes a referendum will be held this decade

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Professor Colin Harvey. Photo: Ivan Ewart

Professor Colin Harvey. Photo: Ivan Ewart

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Professor Colin Harvey. Photo: Ivan Ewart

A Queen’s University professor who has faced online abuse for his work on a united Ireland is concerned that an “engineered atmosphere” here could put people at risk.

Professor Colin Harvey believes that as conversations inevitably broaden around the constitutional status of Northern Ireland, that constructive dialogue should be “nurtured” and social media companies have a role to play in that process.


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