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An agreed Ireland is not a precondition for a united one

What do unionists call themselves the day after a border poll, if there is a vote in favour of a united Ireland? Commentator Alex Kane was grappling with that question the other day in the pages of the Irish News:‘I’m told my identity won’t be lost: “Did Irish nationalists trapped in Northern Ireland after 1921 […]

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Unionist humiliation over the Protocol doesn’t advance Irish unity

Today’s High Court judgement, making clear that the Northern Ireland Protocol is perfectly constitutional and above board, is a hammer blow to unionist hopes that they can reverse the infernal border-in-the-Irish-Sea. A British judge in the shape of Mr. Justice Colton, sitting in a British court, handed down a humiliating defeat for the plaintiffs, a […]

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Reg Empey’s war on capitalism

Dublin. Westminster. Brussels. Washington. The list of enemies that Unionist politicians feel are arrayed against them seems to grow exponentially. And now we can add capitalism to the list. This is the logical conclusion to Sir Reg Empey’s comments in the Belfast Telegraph the other day. The former Ulster Unionist leader says it is ‘intolerable’ […]

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Digging a hole

So, it isn’t happening, then, this tunnel thing? You know, the one linking Larne to Portpatrick that Boris and his pals in DUP said was such a good idea The ‘fixed link’ so that Northern Ireland can be umbilically attached to what is gratingly referred to as ‘the mainland.’ They originally wanted a bridge if […]