Tuesday 17 January 2017

State of confusion

Published 26/01/2012 | 05:00

This is a brief user's guide to Irish political life. The capital of Ireland is Dublin. It has a population of a million people, most of whom will be shopping in Newry this weekend and will pay in euros, the currency of the South.

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Under the Irish Constitution, the North used to be in Ireland. But after a disastrous 30-year campaign of murder by the IRA for Irish unity the Republic of Ireland voted overwhelmingly to ensure the North is now definitely in the UK.

Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland. It has a population of half a million, half of whom have houses in Donegal.

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