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Sinn Féin, where now for the Party?

The Local and European elections in the Republic have proved an unwelcome shock for Sinn Féin. The outcome was not expected. Although the party’s high position in opinion polls was slipping, it could never have expected such a shattering result.  It achieved only just under 12% of the popular vote in the Local contests. Not […]

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Border Poll Conversation with Rev Karen Sethuraman

Welcome to irishborderpoll.com’s third ‘Border Poll Conversations’ video podcast. We chat to interesting people with interesting things to say about constitutional change, border polls, the future of the Union and a United Ireland. On June 15th thousands will fill the SSE Arena in Belfast for the latest ‘Ireland’s Future – Pathway To Change’ conference. It […]

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What an Irish Government should seek from a new British Government on day one

When Simon Harris became Taoiseach on 9 April 2024 he promised new ideas and new energy. While he is Ireland’s youngest ever Taoiseach, he comes to the role with significant experience, as he has been a government minister since 2014. Shortly before his election he stated in a TV interview that a “United Ireland is […]

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The Tory Party are emotionally detached from Northern Ireland

When the UK Conservatives lose the Westminster election in late 2024 or early 2025, they are likely to be heavily defeated and this will lead to a significant change in their approach to many policies. We have already seen the reaction of some since the May 2024 local elections calling for the party to adopt […]

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Immigration and border tensions make Unity more urgent than ever

The May 2024 local election results in England have confirmed what the opinion polls have suggested for the past year. The Conservatives are destined to lose the next UK General Election. But their actions for the remainder of their time in government can still have an impact on both Britain and Ireland. We saw in […]

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Irish government have lost all authority on refugee crisis

It takes something major to change the atmosphere in a country, once famous for its céad míle fáilte hospitality to one where there is widespread hostility to the arrival of some migrants. This has happened in Ireland where nobody doubts but that immigration is now in the words of former Taoiseach Leo Varadkar “a top-tier” […]

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Decolonisation and unification

Every day the horror of the relentless onslaught waged on Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank are on our screens. What we are witnessing is colonialism in action, and in real time. It is both barbaric and ugly. Genocide, apartheid, ethnic cleansing and theft are central motifs of colonialism. Only now do we get […]

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Border Poll Conversation with Peadar Tóibín

Welcome to irishborderpoll.com’s second ‘Border Poll Conversations’ video podcast, a new regular feature. We chat to people with interesting things to say about constitutional change, border polls, the future of the Union and a United Ireland. Following the two recent referendum results in the 26 Counties, opinion polls show a rise in support for Aontú. […]

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Varadkar’s twists and turns on Irish unity

Nothing has endeared Leo Varadkar to United Irelanders like his leaving office. In a positive way, I hasten to add. In a valedictory interview with RTE, the outgoing Taoiseach was emphatic when asked about the potential costs of a united Ireland, replying that it ‘should never be about money.’ He added: ‘If you believe in the unification of your country, three or 4% of GDP is […]

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Irish unity will cost £20 billion? No, it really won’t

Let me cut to the chase: the report into the financial consequences of Irish unity from Professors John Fitzgerald and Edgar Morgenroth for the Institute of International and European Affairs  in Dublin, published yesterday, is a farrago of nonsense.  Nevertheless, it has dominated a slow news week, with the good professors offering a series of contentious assumptions about the costs of Irish unification, speculatingthat it […]