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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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43% ‘would vote for a united Ireland tomorrow’

As any book lover knows all too well, it always pays to read to the end. There’s some fascinating stat-nuggets in the recent University of Liverpool/Irish News polling, which showed Sinn Fein extending its lead to 10% over the DUP if fresh assembly elections were held tomorrow. The main thing that caught my eye, however, […]

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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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A Union of consent, or coercion?

Willing to survive the sweltering heat of central London, ensconced in one of the air-conditioned committee rooms in Portcullis House, I was thwarted only by the possibility of melting railway lines from attending this week’s discussion in the Palace of Westminster. If I had been able to attend and participate, as billed, alongside Sinn Fein’s […]

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The UK today: A Union of Consent or Coercion?

Join us on 18th July for this important Irish Border Poll debate. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans for a referendum on Scottish Independence on October 19th 2023. A clear majority of MSPs support the IndyRef. If Boris Johnson blocks the poll – is the UK a Union of consent or coercion? This debate aims […]

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Northern Ireland: The Union or a United Ireland?

On 16th June irishborderpoll.com hosted a debate between Ben Habib and Kevin Meagher on the topic ‘Northern Ireland: The Union or a United Ireland?‘. Watch a video of the discussion below…

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It’s anti-democratic to not clarify criteria for a Border Poll

A difficulty of the Good Friday Agreement is the lack of clarity around the precise criteria required to trigger a border poll. Is it election results to Westminster? The Stormont Assembly? Or council elections? Or something else entirely? That the decision lies with a British government led by an untrustworthy Prime Minister Boris Johnson is […]

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Sinn Fein understands that presentation matters

As a PR type, I always shudder at those images of stern-looking middle-aged blokes stood behind one or other of Northern Ireland’s political leaders while they conduct a television interview. An equal opportunities criticism to be sure given all the parties do it. Its fine when its your negotiating team heading into talks, but as […]

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When it comes to Irish unity, the SDLP needs to raise its game

‘The SDLP’s nationalist, no question about,’ said the party’s South Belfast MP, Claire Hanna, responding to this website’s editor at an ‘Ireland’s Future’ event in the House of Commons last night. Kevin Rooney asked if it was still accurate to include them in a tally of parties committed to Irish unity. A reasonable question, given […]

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The Problem with the Protocol is the Union

Peter Ramsay argues that the crisis of Ulster Unionism presents an opportunity for British democracy to demonstrate the world-historical power of national sovereignty. Our tragedy is that there is no political force in Britain able to seize it. Sinn Fein’s victory in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections marks a historical turning point. For the first […]