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Little appetite for border poll

Gerry Adams' criticism of Secretary of State Owen Paterson's statement that he has no plans to call a border poll (News, March 12) is revisiting an old chestnut that the country has no stomach for.

Regardless of one's opinion, does Mr Adams not realise that the Republic of Ireland is in the worst economic downturn in its 90-year history?

How does Mr Adams think, if he is successful in achieving his ultimate goal, that Ireland will fund an influx of almost two million extra people? How would Dublin cope with the extra strain on health and social services?

It's a shame that Mr Adams cannot accept that 'the north' is plodding along quite contently at the moment.

It's not perfect, it is a young devolved government, a coalition also. But it's a darn sight better than what was here 20 years ago.

There is an old saying: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.


Newtownabbey, Co Antrim

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