A positive shift favoring a united Ireland

Phil Noble/Reuters

Driven by demographic shifts and accelerated by Brexit, Irish unity is no longer confined to just wishful nationalists, but now recognised as a serious and pressing issue for governments in Belfast, Dublin and London…

A recent survey found that a majority favoured holding a referendum on unity within the next five years, with 47 percent currently in favour of remaining in the United Kingdom and 42 percent supporting a united Ireland. Among the under-45s, reunification led by 47 to 46…

“I think what the polls are picking up is a shift in enthusiasm for the idea of a united Ireland and a shift in enthusiasm for a referendum,” said Brendan O’Leary, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania who has authored several books on Northern Ireland.

“People believe as a result of Brexit that Northern contentment with the world after the Good Friday Agreement is no longer settled and in addition the UK itself is unstable.”

Sith gun robh so…and let this nation reunite.

14 thoughts on “A positive shift favoring a united Ireland

  1. p/s says:

    “US-based Sinn Féin support group places ads for vote on Irish unification : Adverts in New York Times, Washington Post and other US papers seek to rally Irish-American support.
    The Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Irish American Unity Conference and the James Connolly Irish-American Labor Coalition added their logos to the ads.
    Under the 1998 Good Friday agreement the UK’s Northern Ireland secretary must call a referendum when it appears likely that most people would vote in favor of a united Ireland. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/10/irish-unification-us-based-group-places-ads-calling-for-referendum
    “Mary Robinson, the woman who changed Ireland : Celebrating the life of the most consequential Irish woman of the 20th century.” https://www.irishcentral.com/opinion/niallodowd/mary-robinson-woman-changed-ireland

  2. Tiocfaidh ár lá says:

    Parts of Northern Ireland saw their sixth consecutive night of violence Wednesday as unionists and nationalists clashed with police and each other.
    Unrest first broke out last week amid rising tensions relating to Brexit and unionist anger over a decision by police not to prosecute leaders of the Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein for allegedly breaking coronavirus restrictions during the funeral of a former leading IRA figure.
    In west Belfast on Wednesday, rioters clashed along the so-called “peace line” dividing predominantly unionist and nationalist communities, with police struggling to close a gate designed to separate the areas. https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/07/europe/northern-ireland-belfast-riots-intl-hnk/index.html

  3. Mick says:

    “Northern Ireland has been rocked by sporadic rioting in loyalist working-class areas, amounting to the worst violence seen in years.
    Loyalists back a Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom, as opposed to a united Ireland.
    Before the latest events, tension had been ratcheting up since the start of the year, when the new post-Brexit trade barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK came into effect.
    The impact was quickly visible, with trucks carrying goods from Britain to Northern Ireland facing delays and scenes of some shelves in supermarkets laying empty.
    More important was the sense among pro-British unionists and loyalists that these arrangements meant that Northern Ireland was being cut off from the rest of the UK and that its place in the union was under threat.
    For unionists, that the hardening of the Irish Sea border came as the result of a decision by the UK government is “particularly unnerving”, professor Katy Hayward, an expert on Brexit at Queen’s University Belfast, told Al Jazeera.” https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/12/anger-boils-in-northern-ireland-despite-attempts-to-end-riots

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