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‘In my generation, the divide is not green and orange’: meet the young people tackling prejudices

Ireland’s ‘woke’ community feel unrepresented and say sectarianism is simply outdated, writes Ellen Ryan

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India O'Shea

India O'Shea

Aisling Walsh

Aisling Walsh

Gyasi Sheppy

Gyasi Sheppy

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India O'Shea

The ongoing clashes between young loyalists and republicans indicate frustration around the lockdown, the post-Brexit protocol or the prospect of a united Ireland – but their actions don’t represent most of their generation.

Ireland’s young, urban professionals – both north and south of the Border – are gravitating towards tolerance and inclusion. Sectarianism is so outdated to most young adults that the question arises whether those involved are rioting of their own volition. TV presenter Gyasi Sheppy (30), from Lisburn, agrees that on the face of things, fear of a united Ireland surrounds the unrest but suggests it’s provoked by older generations indoctrinating today’s youth with their inherited prejudices.


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