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Should Northern Ireland join the Irish republic?

Asked by: ChrisF
  • Birtisth scum blow ins

    Irish settlers were here first and they had the right to their own land and their own country. But england came in and took over, in this day and age they hAve returned all but some of their former kingdom yet they haven't returned NI to the rest of the republic

  • It definitely should.

    For me being mostly of Irish heritage myself, I've liked to study the country. I've went there on vacation for about 3 months before college, and liked it. I never understood why northern Ireland wasn't a part of the Irish Republic in the first place. I think is was to tell Ireland, that the British still had some control (no offense if you're British) maybe. I don't know how it could hurt to have them join.

  • Yes Yes Yes

    Northern Ireland is Irish land stolen by the British imperialist power. This land has been oppressed by the disgusting British military which has harassed people living under tyranny just for being Catholic. No matter what British propaganda will say about Northern Ireland being "British" is one hundred percent bull and should not be taken seriously.

  • Ireland should be united.

    Northern Ireland is a part of Ireland. It's right in the name. The UK has no right to keep Northern Ireland. After almost 800 years of English/British conquest and rule of the island, it's about time that Ireland finally be united and free. In addition, the union of Northern Ireland with the south would put a stop to most terrorist activity in Ireland, with the exception of terrorist groups that support union with the UK.

    If anyone is interested I'm open to debating this topic.

  • A united Ireland is a strong Ireland

    My family was originally from Tyrone and emigrated to Australia during the great hunger. Religion aside (my family are both Catholic and Protestant) the economics would result in a benefit for both the republic and the north and allow greater movement without the concern of possible border controls which do nothing other than raise tensions in the area. With the whole country in the EU, It would create greater business opportunities and thus greater employment. Being divided with two different currencies creates confusion and instability. The religious differences are being driven by extremists for their own purposes and are not a true indication of the feelings of the general populace who are tired of the conflict and have no interest in the return of the troubles. It does however suite the interests of the UK to maintain some control. If Scotland is successful in its own quest for independence, Where would that leave NI?

  • All of Ireland would be better off in the uk

    In the UK we do not see any difference between Catholics or Protestants. Religion is a personal thing and the fact that our closest neighbours fought and murdered innocent people over decades is a total disgrace. The ira should be a thing of the past but still part of history with regards to the atrocities that they committed the same as the English Imperialists' treatment of the Irish all them 100s of years ago is remembered. Get a grip and reunite and get over the past and make a happier country for future generations.

  • I just want Ireland to be Ireland!

    I just want Ireland to be Ireland! Like it always was! Like can the Brits just STOP controlling our land, And give it back. We aren’t gonna cut off part of the island for you to have it. One island, No border, One place. NI is only a part of the UK when it suits. They don’t even except our money, Yet we accept theirs! Absolute shite so it is.

  • Way way overdue

    It's ridiculous that Northern Ireland is part of the government of the other island instead of the one they reside on. The Irish have been treated horribly by the British long enough and enough is enough. There are more important things to consider than the loyalism of the Orangemen. Time for Ireland to be one.

  • Best Economic Outcome

    Even before Brexit, reunification was proven to be the best way forward for NI, according to a study conducted by KLC Consulting called Modelling Irish Reunification. The whole island would see a €36.5bn increase in GDP over an 8 year period (and that's a conservative estimate). NI would see a 4 - 7.5% increase in GDP per capita whereas the ROI would see a 0.7 - 1.2% increase. Economically it makes sense (now moreso than ever), what remains now is to assure the Protestant community within NI that their culture and people have a place in this new Ireland.

  • Best Economic Outcome

    Even before Brexit, reunification was proven to be the best way forward for NI, according to a study conducted by KLC Consulting called Modelling Irish Reunification. The whole island would see a €36.5bn increase in GDP over an 8 year period (and that's a conservative estimate). NI would see a 4 - 7.5% increase in GDP per capita whereas the ROI would see a 0.7 - 1.2% increase. Economically it makes sense (now moreso than ever), what remains now is to assure the Protestant community within NI that their culture and people have a place in this new Ireland.

  • No, and the reason

    Is that the majority of people in Northern Ireland want to remain with the United Kingdom. The fact that the Eire unionists want to force people to be a part of a country they have no desire to be a part of shows that the Republic of Ireland is just as imperialistic as Great Britain ever was. Perhaps even more than Britain was.

  • No it shouldn't.

    Quite simply its people want to stay with the UK. A poll run by the Northern Ireland Life and Times survey showed us 73% wanted to remain in the Union. Also you only need a glimpse at the Irish Republic to see it is an economic disaster. Granted the UK is in a mess but it is in much better shape than Ireland. The majority of people from Northern Ireland see this.

  • There would be war.

    The protestant social structure in northern Ireland is anchored in tribal exclusivity. There are formal and informal structures ranging from church run organizations for the young to fraternal societies and also to armed paramilitary groups. All are extremely defensive of their British status. A lot are military trained. For the most part they are happy to be Irish when abroad. BUT at home a siege mentality kicks in. They will fight to the death to defend the right of Freedom of political and Religious worship which they believe wouldl be reduced under an Irish Republic still largely influenced by the Roman Catholic Church. In the current climate the only way Ireland could reunite as one country would be to rejoin the UK. There would still be a war though. Best left alone with the status quo I think.

  • Republic of Ireland is a terrorist state

    The Republic of Ireland has supported and protected the murderers of innocent Protestants. Within the Irish State the Protestant population has descriminated against from the state was founded. De Valery stated. Ireland a Catholic Irish State of a Catholic Irish people with a Catholic Irish culture, we know there are Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodist and others. We will tolerate them.... Not much room for equality there? Each time the Catholics start a terror campaign they always Massacre Protestants. Just check the history if the population. In County Cork during the early 1900's Protestants equaled 10% of the population yet they were 6 times more likely to be killed, injured or have their property destroyed. During the 1970's -80's In County Fermanagh the same occurred against innocent Protestants. So why would they want to have a union with such people or state... William Gallagher murdered a Police Sargent in Strabane during the early 1970's he fleet Northern Ireland and went to the Republic. The British wanted him extradited. In court Gallagher admitted he had killed the police officer. Claimed he was born in Ireland and was Irish and his offence was political. Irish courts set him free and stated he was Irish and could not be extradited as his crime was political. When did it become political to murder Protestants. If the Irish Constitution afforded Gallagher protection because he was born in Northern Ireland then it should have afforded his victim and his family protection as he was also born in Northern Ireland. The Irish turned their own Constitution on its head to protect murderers who did not even recognise the Irish State. And did nothing for the victims if IRA death squads even though the victims did not want to be part of the Irish State, they still recognised the Irish Republic as a legitimate state... Again why would Protestants want to join with the Irish State?

  • Everyone should vote

    I have a mixed opinion on this. Both countries should have a vote. If the Republic votes 60% yes 40% no and The North votes 40% yes 60% no then they shoudnt unite. This goes the other way around. However if The republic votes 60% yes 40% no and the north votes 60% yes 40% no then they should be united. I think this Is unlickly because of Ireland suffering from the recession. Six new counties to provide for could prove devastating

  • Live and let live.

    Being Northern Irish does not mean you are either Prodestant or Catholic it is the place of your birth. At this point the balance wishing to remain British far exceeds those wishing to be Irish in a United Republic of Ireland. My knowledge of the Northern Irish is that the vast majority live in harmony with their neighbours regardless of religious beliefs.
    The Republic as it stands today would be in a better place had it not decided to kick the backing of the £ Sterling into touch in favour of the Euro. Their enconomy is in a total shambleswhere asthe £ Sterling and
    the British economy is today ahead in the world on recovery from the recent financial crisis.
    I enjoy watching a United Ireland beat England at Rugby and no doubt will enjoy Ireland win Gold in the Olimpics golf with the aid of several Northern Irishmen. Just lets live and let live.

  • Live and let live.

    Being Northern Irish does not mean you are either Prodestant or Catholic it is the place of your birth. At this point the balance wishing to remain British far exceeds those wishing to be Irish in a United Republic of Ireland. My knowledge of the Northern Irish is that the vast majority live in harmony with their neighbours regardless of religious beliefs.
    The Republic as it stands today would be in a better place had it not decided to kick the backing of the £ Sterling into touch in favour of the Euro. Their enconomy is in a total shambleswhere asthe £ Sterling and
    the British economy is today ahead in the world on recovery from the recent financial crisis.
    I enjoy watching a United Ireland beat England at Rugby and no doubt will enjoy Ireland win Gold in the Olimpics golf with the aid of several Northern Irishmen. Just lets live and let live.

  • Not in my lifetime

    I understand the concerns of Irish people that we British people are apparently 'imperial scum'. We are no longer 'imperial scum'. We are people living on a bit of land. The Alsace region of France was given to the French from Germany in kind of similar circumstances to Northern Ireland to us. Nobody is complaining there.

    Also, the Irish government stopped it's claim to Ulster in 1998. They no longer want a land that they would have received by republican terrorism.

    With the Good Friday act, Ulstermen who really want to be Irish have had ample opportunities to move to Ireland. There is plenty of space in a financially destroyed country if you really want to move.

  • No, the people of Northern Ireland don't want it

    Whatever happened in the past, the present situation is not difficult to understand: the majority of people in Northern Ireland do not want to join the Irish republic in political union. For Ireland to attempt to force it's rule on to Northern Ireland would be to circumvent the democratic right of the Northern Irish people.

  • The majority of Northern Irish wish to remain part of the United Kingdom.

    Need I say much more than this title? Democracy demands that therefore Northern Ireland is to remain British. I do not oppose, nor does the UK government oppose NI joining the Republic SHOULD the majority in NI wish this to be so, through a referendum. If the majority of NI suddenly did wish for this, then I would immediately support NI joining the Irish Republic.


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