Wednesday 21 March 2018

Redrawing the Border's history

Madam -- I have to correct Ulick O'Connor when he says that: "Northern Ireland came into being under an arrangement by a South African judge and a unionist newspaper editor." The boundary commission that was expected to redraw the Border in 1925 was actually superseded by talks between the three governments, and these two men arranged nothing. It was agreed that the Irish Free State's share of the UK public debt would be waived, and in return the 1921 border would stay as it was. The deal may not have been a good one in all respects, but it was then debated and approved by the Dail on December 10, 1925, by 71 votes to 20.

Patrick Guinness,

Naas, Co Kildare

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