Sunday 4 December 2016

It will be a fatal error if the Government tries to seal Nama's toxic spill at Border

Published 16/09/2016 | 02:30

'The 'up there' mentality helped shield Nama in the early stages of the controversy which, in contrast, sent political shockwaves throughout Northern Ireland.' (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
'The 'up there' mentality helped shield Nama in the early stages of the controversy which, in contrast, sent political shockwaves throughout Northern Ireland.' (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

One of the most frustrating things about being a 'Northerner' living in the Republic (as I have for 20 years) is the indifference of our brethren south of the Border to those in the 'beleaguered six'.

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Despite the feel-good factor about the Good Friday Agreement and the Peace Process (a late add-on in the recent Brexit debate), at times it feels like the North is another country.

The long-standing indifference, occasionally bordering on contempt towards the North, is the reason why I doubt the Republic would vote for a United Ireland if the opportunity arose anytime soon. And it helps explain the initial lethargic 'whatevs' response in the 26 counties to the staggering controversy surrounding Nama and the €1.6bn sale of Project Eagle.

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