Saturday 24 June 2017

The real test of any DUP deal is what Ireland gets out of it

The Taoiseach should be wooing unionists because they are the ones in the driving seat, not Sinn Fein, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with DUP leader Arlene Foster at Government Buildings. Photo: www.doug.ie
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with DUP leader Arlene Foster at Government Buildings. Photo: www.doug.ie

Eilis O'Hanlon

It's taken him 68 years, but Gerry Adams has finally found a pithy way to make his brand of Irish republicanism sound slightly less unappealing than usual.

"You folks here make enough mess of your own affairs," he joked to reporters in Downing Street after meeting Prime Minister Theresa May last week. "We want you out of our affairs, and we'll try and sort all these matters out." If only his comrades had tried one-liners instead of bombs.

Adams's problem, though, remains the same as it ever was - there are a million people in the North of the island who've looked at what he's selling, and thought: "No, thanks." The story of Irish nationalism has been about deciding what to do with them.

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