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As those in favour of Irish unity grow in numbers, the stars move closer to aligning

Martina Devlin


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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Photo: Reuters

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Photo: Reuters

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Photo: Reuters

As hair and beauty salons, barber shops and outdoor attractions reopen north of the Border, shaggy-haired residents of the Republic are looking with envy at lockdown divergence between the jurisdictions, although catch-up will happen. But on the unity question, the two parts of this island are already moving into closer convergence.

While the stars aren’t exactly in alignment, encouraging signs are appearing that a common destiny is recognised. Consider the recent polls commissioned to mark the centenary of partition by BBC NI’s Spotlight programme – one held in the Republic and the other in the North.


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