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Moving the goalposts on Irish unity now is moral cowardice

Eilis O'Hanlon


 

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Sinn Féin and the DUP have never been further apart and a Border poll would just make that gulf even wider

Sinn Féin and the DUP have never been further apart and a Border poll would just make that gulf even wider

Sinn Féin and the DUP have never been further apart and a Border poll would just make that gulf even wider

This is the 23rd Easter Sunday since the Good Friday Agreement was concluded. It's far from perfect. The power-sharing structure ushered in back then has cemented sectarianism to such an extent that a place which used to vote solidly for the SDLP and Ulster Unionists during the worst days of the Troubles is now controlled by Sinn Féin and the DUP - which few could seriously claim as progress.

For all that, the GFA has largely done what was asked of it, which is to hold the peace. Now, though, it appears that some, alarmed by the prospect of a potentially destabilising Border poll in the next few years, want to change the rules, arguing instead that a simple majority should no longer be sufficient for a change to the North's constitutional status.

Such a retreat was signalled by former SDLP deputy leader, the late Seamus Mallon, in his 2019 memoir.


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