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Sinn Fein’s cynical boycotts will not make partition history

Sam McBride


Sinn Féin’s late refusal to attend last week’s solemn service to mark the island’s partition has hindered chances of the very thing they want: reunification

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Seán McCourt-Kelly addresses the service to mark 100 years of Northern Ireland. Picture by Liam McBurney

Seán McCourt-Kelly addresses the service to mark 100 years of Northern Ireland. Picture by Liam McBurney

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Seán McCourt-Kelly addresses the service to mark 100 years of Northern Ireland. Picture by Liam McBurney

Accepting the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995, Seamus Heaney defined the central problem of his homeland as two-fold: the ongoing partition of the island and “an equally persistent partition of the affections in Northern Ireland between the British and Irish heritages”.

Three years before the Good Friday Agreement, the poet had hoped for a future where partition would be “a bit more like the net on a tennis court: a demarcation allowing for agile give-and-take, for encounter and contending”.


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