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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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Paradox

Ray Bassett is an advocate of Reunification. However he contends that the EU suffocates freedom and that in a new Ireland  sovereignty would continue to be undermined in an increasingly Federal E.U. lacking meaningful mechanisms of accountability. Is there a danger that in exiting British rule we swap British empire for EU empire? Bassett’s scepticism […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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Debate video “Northern Ireland at 100”

This is a recording of the Zoom-hosted debate “Northern Ireland at 100: Is Unionism emotionally ready for conversation about a united Ireland?”. Enjoy!

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Northern Ireland at 100: the end is in sight

3 May is not just the centenary of Northern Ireland; it is also the centenary of the United Kingdom in its current form. Prime minister Boris Johnson is keen to assure today’s Unionists that he will be celebrating the centenary, but whether they will join him is up for debate. A poll for BBC Northern […]

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Imagining a New Ireland

By Clíodhna NicBhranair I have had many conversations over the years about the notion of Irish unity – with varying outcomes, I must admit! There are those who totally oppose the idea, who are unionist to the core, who view themselves as British. There are those who claim to be ambivalent, who say that it’s […]