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Preaching to the choir: how Irish unity groups don’t help themselves

Mark Bain


Discussion panels featuring a majority of nationalists and a token undecided are unlikely to change minds or ease fears

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Gardai at the border crossing between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA

Gardai at the border crossing between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA

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Patsy McGlone. Credit: Stephen Hamilton

Patsy McGlone. Credit: Stephen Hamilton

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Michelle O'Neill. Credit: Liam McBurney/PA

Michelle O'Neill. Credit: Liam McBurney/PA

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Gardai at the border crossing between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA

When dealing with the subject of Irish unity, the first thing you need is honesty.

Put aside the fanciful, romantic notions, the yearning for centuries gone by, any thoughts we could all cosy up around the turf fire, supping a pint of the black stuff as a fiddle twiddles in the background. That’s the American dream.


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