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The Two Elephants in the Room

Former Lib Dem spokesman on Northern Ireland Stephen Lloyd argues that the DUP and Catholic Faith schools are a barrier to progress in the North of Ireland. Much has been written about the numerous challenges democratic politics faces in Northern Ireland. This article is not about those myriad challenges but focusses on just two of the […]

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Hardline unionism is about to be betrayed again – they are the only ones surprised

What a fool I was! I was only a puppet, and so was Ulster, and so was Ireland, in the political game that was to get the Conservative Party into Power, writes Seán Hickey in this guest post for irishborderpoll.com. The reason why Edward Carson’s famous 1921 speech hangs so prominently in the mind of […]

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From IndyRef2 to a border poll: Are we afraid of democracy?

Watch this Battle of Ideas festival debate produced in association with irishborderpoll.com. For the first time in Northern Ireland’s existence, the leader of a nationalist party is in line to become first minister. In May’s elections, Sinn Fein won the most seats – leading some to argue that the prospect of a united Ireland is […]

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A rationally optimistic guide to a United Ireland

We are delighted to give a platform to Enniskillen native Carl Duffy who writes for irishborderpoll.com for the first time. Some very unhelpful objections are often vocalised whenever there’s talk of a United Ireland. From the lazy and uncritical, ’sure, the South can’t afford us’ to describing Irish reunification as divisive – which goes against […]

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The Unity Debate: How do we define Irish in 2022?

Guest contributor Emma DeSousa aspires to a United Ireland, yet refuses to describe herself an Irish nationalist. Below she explains why she finds the terminology around the Constitutional debate too reductive and why we need a less binary and more inclusive terminology to better reflect the nuances and complexity of the reunification debate. Former First […]

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The Seanad in a United Ireland

A fortnight ago British Labour leader Keir Starmer promised to abolish the House of Lords and replace it with a new elected chamber as part of plans to “restore trust in Politics”. But as the Irish Unity debate intensifies, guest contributor Seán Hickey asks what should be the role and composition of a chamber many […]

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Time for Irish Unity?

Guest contributor Ben Collins discusses the theme of his forthcoming book, Irish Unity: Time To Prepare. The results of the Northern Ireland census 2021 are seismic in the sense that a state which was created specifically to have a permanent Protestant and Unionist majority, now has neither. This will not automatically lead to a United Ireland. […]

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Former Unionist Ben Collins: Why I’m now for Irish Unity

Ben Collins’ forthcoming book, Irish Unity: Time To Prepare, is due out in early October. In September he will outline the theme of his book for irishborderpoll.com, explaining how it`s time for a United Ireland and how we need to prepare for a border poll and the new Ireland. Here he explains his conversion from […]

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A Protestant against partition and for a United Ireland

Irishborderpoll.com is delighted to present this anonymous opinion piece by a young writer. ‘Ulster’s British!’ The stereotypical outcry of the loyalists who I grew up with. I grew up in a Protestant Loyalist stronghold. My mother’s side of the family were deeply entrenched in the Protestant culture of Ulster unionism. From grandparents in the Orange […]

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The 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly Elections 

Originally published on LSE blog. The Northern Ireland Assembly election of May 2022 was transformational, despite small shifts in the magnitudes of seats won by the two dominant blocs. John Garry, Brendan O’Leary and James Pow discuss the results.  On 5 May Sinn Féin won first place in the NI Assembly elections – both in first-preference votes (29%), and in […]