Wednesday 24 January 2018

Concubhar O Liathain: Sinn Fein version of united Ireland needs close examination

The party hasn't explained its plans for a united Ireland, save for a foggy dew of rhetoric, writes Concubhar O Liathain

Whenever I hear a Sinn Fein representative utter the words 'united Ireland', I shudder and call to mind the lyrics of an Ian Gillan song Let Me Out of Heaven, Oh God it's Awful Here.

These words came to mind last week as Martin McGuinness told the Irish Examiner a referendum on the issue could occur in the North to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

The Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister thinks a poll in 2016 or 2021/22 would be sensible timing but, in reality, his attention is on the progress of Alex Salmond toward the independence of Scotland and is not likely to forego the opportunity of getting on the referendum bandwagon now that it's rolling.

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