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# United Ireland

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2022
# Sinn Féin
McDonald says concessions around tricolour and anthem 'will be discussed' in united Ireland
Mary Lou McDonald said concessions to Unionists will be up for discussion in reaction to a recent opinion poll.
# United Ireland
Taoiseach ‘not surprised’ more from Northern Ireland favour staying in UK over Irish unity
A survey shows there is a majority of more than four to one in favour of a united Ireland in the Republic.
# Opinion Poll
More from Northern Ireland support staying in UK over Irish unity, poll shows
The Irish Times opinion poll showed large support for unity in the Republic.
# United Ireland
Pro-unity Ireland's Future event draws big crowd as Leo and Mary Lou preach to the converted
The two were among five party leaders at today’s event.
# Ireland's future
Political leaders and actors among those set to take part in United Ireland rally
Cold Feet star Jimmy Nesbitt will deliver the keynote address at the Ireland’s Future event in Dublin.
# Europe
Almost two thirds of people in Ireland are in favour of Ukraine joining the EU, poll shows
That’s according to the latest annual European Movement Ireland ‘Ireland and the EU’ poll.
Voices
Extract: Making sense of a united Ireland - which was long deemed impossible
Brendan O’Leary’s new book looks at how a united Ireland might happen and how it might work best.
# tgip-podcast
The Good Information Podcast: How close are we to a United Ireland?
What conditions must be met before a United Ireland comes about?
# Irish Unity
Sinn Féin on US charm offensive to garner support for Irish unity and the Good Friday Agreement
McDonald says we shouldn’t underestimate the power of having the US on our side.
# United Ireland
Sinn Féin runs advert in The New York Times calling for 'Irish unity in our time'
Mary Lou McDonald sat down with The Journal in New York today where she said criticism of the ad was ‘nonsense’.
All time
# United Ireland
McDonald says she can see 'no good argument' for re-entering the Commonwealth
McDonald says she can see ‘no good argument’ for re-entering the Commonwealth.
# Brexit
Brexit is fuelling a boom in cross-border trade. But why? And what does it mean for the island?
“There’s a whole cohort of Great British businesses going, ‘Do you know what? We can’t be arsed sending goods to Northern Ireland.’”
In the year to September, the value of imports to the Republic from the North grew by 60% to almost €2.6 billion.
The value of goods going the opposite direction rose by almost 50% over the same period last year to €2.8 billion.
The changes have been born of necessity rather than politics or questions of identity, Ian Curran writes.
# United Ireland
'Never a bad time': Varadkar defends comments about united Ireland after criticism from unionists
UUP leader Doug Beattie said the Tánaiste’s comments should not have been made in the midst of a crisis.
# United Ireland
Varadkar: Fine Gael should establish a branch in Northern Ireland
Speaking at Fine Gael’s Ard Fheis this evening, Varadkar told members that unification should be a mission for the party.
The Tánaiste addressed Fine Gael members at the party's Ard Fheis this evening.
He said Fine Gael should set up a branch in Northern Ireland to recuit members.
On a united Ireland, he said he believes "in the unification of our island and I believe it can happen in my lifetime".
# Northern Ireland
People on both sides of the border ‘not prepared to foot united Ireland bill’ - poll
The poll also found that a majority in Ireland and a plurality in the North want a referendum on a united Ireland to be held.
# Northern Ireland
A majority in Northern Ireland would vote to stay in UK, poll finds
As Northern Ireland prepares to mark its centenary the poll found that the majority felt the region would not be part of the UK in 25 years.
# Coronavirus
Almost half of Irish people don't have confidence in the EU's Covid-19 vaccines strategy
That’s according to a Red C poll commissioned by European Movement Ireland published today.
# the good information project
Northern Ireland is more than green and orange now - as new communities enter the debate
“Our young people are fierce and brave and they’re coming for us. And we should let them.”
# the good information project
A shared island: Your ideas for a new Ireland
Should the Irish language stay in the constitution of a united Ireland? Our readers share their ideas for how Ireland could change.
# the good information project
Scotland and its elections are key to the union and to a united Ireland
Northern Ireland’s place in the Union could be decided for it, if Scotland decides its future is better in the EU, rather than the UK.
# Podcast
The Explainer: How likely is a united Ireland in the next 10 years?
On this episode, we hear from the Good Information Project, which is currently examining this very question.
Voices
Retired Colonel Dorcha Lee: Is joining NATO the price for Irish reunification?
As debates continued this week around how a united Ireland would look, Lee outlines the defence challenges it would pose.
# United Ireland
'I would have said of German unity 'not in my lifetime'': What can Ireland learn from a united Germany?
“I was a citizen of West Germany and I had never known anything different, I thought that was the world: a divided world.”
Voices
Column: Irish reunification is an opportunity to reset the economy and confront the climate crisis
A new all-Ireland constitution can enshrine into law the inviolable rights of nature and create a space to ensure a safe climate future.
# TGIP
Explainer: What is the Taoiseach's Shared Island Unit up to?
Cross-border transport, Ulster University’s Magee campus, and an all-island research hub are some of the concrete proposals the Unit are looking at.
# TGIP
The myriad ways Brexit has permanently shifted the course of Northern Ireland's future
Northern Ireland’s elected reps weren’t at the Brexit talks, where very detailed aspects of NI trade were regularly discussed.
# shared island
FactFind: How could a border poll happen?
Talking aside, who actually makes the decision?
Column: If you want a shared island, it's time to listen to your unionist neighbours
Ireland's big question: What could a shared island look like?
# TGIP
Ireland's big question: What could a shared island look like?
The first topic as part of The Journal’s Good Information Project.
# United Ireland
US Sinn Féin supporters place ad in newspapers calling for referendum on Irish unity
Both the New York Times and the Washington Post will carry half-page ads.
# Good Friday Agreement
When should the UK call a border poll in Ireland? Calls for clarity on this 'quite remarkable' question
The decision to hold a referendum is ultimately one to be taken by the UK’s Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
# Celtic cousins
Nicola Sturgeon on a united Ireland: 'You can guess my general predilection around it'
Sturgeon said reunification was made ‘more likely’ because of Brexit.
# Brexit
More than half of people in North want referendum on a united Ireland
Half of people in Scotland also want an independence referendum, according to a new opinion poll.
# United Ireland
Brexit deal ‘accelerates possibility of a united Ireland within next 25 years’
Former cabinet minister Lord Blunkett made the prediction as peers debated the agreement between the UK and EU.
# Border poll
Ireland unification referendums should only be held with 'clear plan for what follows', report finds
The working group said the “years of acrimony” following Brexit show the dangers of calling a vote without adequate planning.
# United Ireland
German reunification a 'useful example' of how planned Irish reunification could work, says Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin has launched a document on why there are economic benefits to a united Ireland.
# United Ireland
Principle or pragmatism: Ambiguity surrounds the Shared Island Unit, months after launch
Patience is running out among some supporters of Irish unity, namely Sinn Féin.
# trip north
Taoiseach Micheál Martin 'doesn't see' a border poll being a possibility during his government
Martin said he would work towards getting North-South infrastructure projects “over the line”.
# Survey
One-third of Irish people believe there'll be a united Ireland in the EU in the next ten years
Just 26% of respondents in a survey said they believe there will be a UK-EU trade deal agreed by 31 December.
# sinn féin surge
'People have gotten into a frenzy over it': Michelle O'Neill laughs off criticism of Sinn Féin rallies
O’Neill also spoke of the misogyny she has witnessed as a female politician and her dreams of a United Ireland.
# United Ireland
The EU should support Irish reunification, Mary Lou McDonald tells BBC
The Sinn Féin leader also said the British government needs to start preparing itself for this constitutional change.