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Five takeaways from that poll on the state of the parties

A few thoughts from Kevin Meagher on that University of Liverpool/ Irish News poll from last week.

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A United Ireland (*Pt II)

(*Spoiler: It is still inevitable) An updated edition of my book, ‘A United Ireland: Why Unification is Inevitable and How it Will Come About’ is published today (25 January). A second edition is an invitation for the author to wallow in self-congratulation, or to lament their folly. Like the curate’s egg, my arguments in the […]

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Is Donaldson about to crash the institutions in a ‘specific and limited’ way?

‘Watch over the next week or so as Sir Jeffrey Donaldson takes a sharp swerve to the right. In the four months since he threatened to bring down Stormont, he has hesitated to act. But he could be about to press the nuclear button.’ So began Suzanne Breen’s column in today’s Sunday Life. Spooked by […]

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Polls show Unionism in disarray, as two-thirds back a border poll

Of course, fourth place does not even merit a podium spot. Not a point about the Paralympics, you understand, merely a reflection on this weekend’s LucidTalk opinion poll for the Belfast Telegraph, which has the Democratic Unionists not only trailing Sinn Fein by a massive 12 points, but also dragging along behind the other two […]

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The GFA’s ‘east-west’ relationship doesn’t belong to Unionists

Friendly rivalries aside, there was much for the Irish to admire about England’s recent performance in the European Championship. Gareth Southgate’s understatement and modesty for a start. And although it was not a move that was to everyone’s tastes, the players’ decision to “take the knee” was at least a well-intentioned gesture in solidarity with […]

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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 […]