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Northern Ireland Centenary: Unionists must ask difficult questions while Irish Unity should be the main conversation, say Alex Kane and Andree Murphy

Alex Kane and Andree Murphy



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Carson’s statue at Stormont

Carson’s statue at Stormont

Carson’s statue at Stormont

Alex Kane and Andree Murphy assess 100 years of partition in Ireland

Alex Kane: We should all take a few months to ask difficult questions of ourselves

Partition is a fact of history. It is also a fact of history that neither unionists nor nationalists wanted it. And, a century on, it remains the chief bone of contention between both sides: the subject around which every and any election revolves.

A line on a map. A line in a mindset. A line that predominates and eclipses every other socio/economic/political issue. A line which still represents the permafrost barrier between possible reconciliation and dreary steeples retrenchment.


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