Friday 21 July 2017

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

'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)
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

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'.

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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