Bravehearts may balk at leaving union
Scottish hunger for independence depends on the economic fortunes of its neighbour, writes John-Paul McCarthy
Just before the implosion of our economy in 2009, the Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond turned up at Trinity College Dublin to discuss his plans for the future.
Gesturing favourably towards Charles Stewart Parnell's insistence that "no man has the right to fix the boundary of a nation", Salmond explained that: "Scotland has a different history and a different constitution.
"But our aspirations for our nation are no different from those that inspired generations of Irish people to independence and prosperity that you enjoy today."