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Over 50,000 take part in our united Ireland border poll - here's how they voted

United Ireland no threat to peace, says Europol boss Wainwright

The border between Northern Ireland and the Republic in the village of Bridgend, Co Donegal
The border between Northern Ireland and the Republic in the village of Bridgend, Co Donegal

By Jonny Bell and Niall O'Connor

Following calls for a border poll in the wake of the EU referendum result, we asked if you thought it was time to have a vote.

Republic of Ireland political leaders have joined with Sinn Fein to call for a border poll after Northern Ireland voted to remain in the European Union while the UK as a whole opted to leave.

The DUP branded the calls "pathetic and deliberately mischievous".


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So we decided to hold a poll on if the time was right to have a vote - yes a vote on a vote, just what we in Northern Ireland love.

And in the first 24 hours 7,645 votes were cast with the majority - 73% - saying the time was right for a poll.

We also asked a second question on what way people would vote.

And 70% said they would vote for a united Ireland in the first day of our online vote.

You can continue to vote below.

Meanwhile, the head of the EU's policing agency has said he does not believe there would be an increase in violence if a vote for a united Ireland was passed.

Rob Wainwright, the director of Europol, said Ireland had "come a long way since the Troubles" and that he was "rather optimistic" reunification would not lead to a return of terrorist activity.

Speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal, Mr Wainwright warned that Brexit had potential implications for the sharing of intelligence on organised crime.

But he said he did not have any specific concerns about the prospect of a united Ireland.

"The issue is entirely a political one of course," he added. "Again, it's for the governments of Ireland and the UK to deal with that and comment on it, and certainly not for me."

He also indicated that Northern Ireland and the Republic were very different places than 30 years ago.

"Would there be a concern?" he asked. "I'm not sure. I think we have come a long way since the Troubles.

"The Ireland that we see today is very different to what we saw all those years ago.

"I hate to think that we would slip back into something like that, and I am rather optimistic that we wouldn't."

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