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Register for Monday’s irishborderpoll.com debate

Northern Protestants: Time For a United Ireland? 7pm, Monday 5th December 2022Zoom debate Speakers and infoRegister free on Eventbrite.

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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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Northern Protestants: Time For a United Ireland?

Join this irishborderpoll.com discussion on 5th December Is it time to ditch the misnomer ‘PUL Community’ when, since Brexit, increasing numbers of Protestants publicly reject the Union in favour of a United Ireland? Northern Protestant Claire Mitchell argues in her new book The Ghost Limb that there is a growing community of Protestants who wish […]

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Ireland and the poppy

Many good friends and associates in Britain have asked why the red poppy which commemorates British military war dead generates hostility and opposition from some Irish people and Celtic supporters. With poppy-wearing season upon us we thought it timely to release an edited extract from Chapter 5 of our book The Blood Stained Poppy which we hope […]

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The UK: A Union of coercion rather than consent?

Not long ago I was lucky enough to be among ten political party leaders and thousands of people gathered in Dublin’s 3 Arena to discuss preparation for Irish unity and a border poll. It was a huge, exciting and seminal event, probably the largest gathering of United Irelanders since Ireland was partitioned. But for all […]

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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 […]

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Just 5,000 votes separate pro-UK and pro-Irish unity parties

I had intended to jump straight on the voting figures from last week’s elections and tot-up what they meant, vis-à-vis Irish unity. I have to say that I am indebted to Daithí McKay for beating me to it and saving me the arduous task (and eye strain) of ploughing through yet more tables of figures. […]

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Civil society against the partitionist mindset

The recent opinion poll by the BBC indicated that a majority of people, north and south of the Irish border, believe that a reunited Ireland is the probable outcome of future political developments. If that is accurate, then there is an onus on all to ensure that this takes place as smoothly as possible.  There […]