Wednesday 18 October 2017

Sinn Féin wants a united Ireland, yet the party is backing a disunited Spain

Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin Pic: Collins
Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin Pic: Collins
John Downing

John Downing

Irish people just might recognise some familiar aspects in the storyline. A group of people in the north east of a country decide they want to do their own thing, and separate from the rest of the nation to better assert their identity.

They should be able to do just that, many of us will readily reply. It certainly was Sinn Féin's response to Catalonia's long-standing efforts to strike out on its own and organise a referendum on independence from Spain.

But what about the Northern Ireland Unionists' experience here? Weren't they, by Sinn Féin's lights, simply the ones who drew a boundary around themselves, and in cahoots with others, upended the rightful unity of the island of Ireland?

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