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Unity debate is not about righting wrongs of the past, it's about looking to the future

Suzanne Breen


While Sinn Fein has long called for Irish unity, the demands for a border poll are becoming louder and more difficult for unionists to ignore, writes Suzanne Breen

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Controversy: The Irish border

Controversy: The Irish border

Emmet Doyle

Emmet Doyle

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Controversy: The Irish border

A border poll in 2028 on the 30th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. Former unionists, converted by the arguments for Irish unity, prominent in the campaign. Sinn Fein and the SDLP playing a part, but somebody outside party politics - Paddy Kielty is one suggestion - leading the campaign.

Unionists are wise to no longer dismiss a united Ireland as a laughable notion because, behind-closed-doors, nationalists are having serious conversations about preparing their case for a referendum, and all sorts of ideas are in the mix.

Brexit, DUP antics, Stormont's continuing dysfunctionality, and Covid have combined to create an almost perfect storm, and transform Irish unity from pipe dream into feasible political goal.


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