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Sarah Creighton



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'British and Irish identity politics has played a significant role in Northern Ireland's history.'

'British and Irish identity politics has played a significant role in Northern Ireland's history.'

'British and Irish identity politics has played a significant role in Northern Ireland's history.'

Over lockdown, I decided to start learning French. When my teacher asks what my nationality is, I always say that I'm British and Irish. It's a half truth. On their own, those two labels can't sum up my whole identity. I'm British, Irish and Northern Irish. Explaining this to people outside Northern Ireland usually leads to confusion. I get why.

As Northern Ireland reaches its centenary, it seems apt that a growing number of people (33%) are now choosing to identify as 'Northern Irish.' The latest statistics should surprise nobody. They reflect how Northern Ireland, and its population, are changing. We should celebrate that, but we should also be careful not to dismiss those who identify as British and Irish.

What does a 'Northern Irish' identity mean? It is a difficult question to answer. It is personal to every individual.


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