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Malachi O'Doherty

Why NI's centenary celebrations will be like quarrelsome family coming together for a Christmas that just can't happen

Malachi O'Doherty


As a provisional unionist, Malachi O'Doherty is happy to say thanks for the free healthcare and family allowance

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Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill

Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill

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Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill

Next year is the centenary of the formation of Northern Ireland and it promises to be an odd affair altogether.

The problem is that a huge section of the population, no longer identifiable as 'the minority', the favoured term for referring to them/us in the Seventies, is iffy about the state.

There are unionists like Arlene Foster - who wears a little crown brooch and receives royalty with a blush - whose identification of themselves as British is as uncomplicated as which shoe goes on which foot.