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Forget a united Ireland by teatime. The North now has three identities

John Downing


The idea of a protestant six-county chunk of Ulster is certainly obsolete – but so too is the 1916 leaders’ vision of this island.

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The four provinces of Ireland

The four provinces of Ireland

The four provinces of Ireland

A century after its creation as “a protestant state for a protestant people” the six counties of Northern Ireland now have a majority from what was always the smaller catholic community.

United Ireland by next Tuesday after tea anyone?


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