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Delusional to believe that geography rather than shared memory makes a nation

Ruth Dudley Edwards


A new book examines the incompatibility, between nationalists and unionists, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

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Micheal Martin should read Patrick J Roche’s new essay to help north/south relations

Micheal Martin should read Patrick J Roche’s new essay to help north/south relations

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Micheal Martin should read Patrick J Roche’s new essay to help north/south relations

Trump is taking on the historical revisionists - that was the Spectator headline on an article by my friend Douglas Murray, who was talking about the President's eloquent defence of a country under attack from radical liberals who despise it and young people, who, as Murray has put it elsewhere, have been "educated into imbecility".

This was slightly disconcerting for me, for in the culture wars, I am on the same side as my good friend Douglas, yet, ever since, in 1977, I published an honest biography of the 1916 leader Patrick Pearse, I have been reviled in Irish republican circles as a revisionist.

So, before I talk about a new book, The Northern Ireland Question: Perspectives on Nationalism and Unionism, edited by Patrick J Roche and Brian Barton, which is a brilliant contribution to our understanding of the unbridgeable gap between nationalists and unionists, let me clarify what the word means.