Poll shows majority in Northern Ireland favour reunification with Republic amid Brexit fears

A new poll has found that just over half the voters in Northern Ireland are now in favour of joining the Republic in a United Ireland.

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It’s thought that fears about the consequences of Brexit have led some people to question whether they want to stay as part of the United Kingdom.

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Irish Taoiseach shreds British Prime Minister with calmest language ever

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had to fidget uncomfortably as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar delivered some home truths as the two leaders met in Dublin.

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Johnson had come for talks about the Northern Ireland border issue as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.

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100 years ago the British put a border across Ireland – now it may bring down their government

The British must be wishing they had never put a border across Ireland to create an artificial divide between North and South.

It may have seemed a good idea to them at the time, allowing them to keep control of the newly created ‘Northern Ireland’ while reluctantly ceding self-rule to the rebellious, nationalist south.

But now the shady dealing of a century ago has come back to haunt them, because the border has proved an impossible sticking point in Britain’s negotiations with its European neighbours as it tries to leave the European Union. Continue reading “100 years ago the British put a border across Ireland – now it may bring down their government”

Secret Brexit documents warn of return to violence in Northern Ireland

Secret documents leaked by British officials preparing for the UK’s departure from the European Union warn of a potential return to violence in Northern Ireland.

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The officials are from the department codenamed ‘Yellowhammer,’ which is drawing up plans for a ‘No Deal’ Brexit. Their work is top secret and the British government is furious that details from their contingency plans have been leaked, possibly by a former minister in favour of remaining in the EU.

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British bewildered that ‘pipsqueak’ Irish paddies won’t do as they’re told

It’s been painful watching the privileged classes of the British establishment come face to face reality of the new world order over the last year.

It’s like watching an ageing heavyweight boxing champion who can’t understand why he no longer inspires fear and awe…why his opponents no longer tremble and fall when he lashes out.

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Irish Taoiseach Varadkar warns against calls for a United Ireland

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned against calling for a referendum on a United Ireland in the wake of Brexit because he believes the time is not right.

Speaking at Féile an Phobail  (Community Festival ) in West Belfast, Varadkar said that a poll on unification could prove divisive in Northern Ireland and would probably be defeated. He said people calling for such a poll should realise that unification would not be a simple task of bolting the north back on to the rest of Ireland.

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Republican senators ignore Ireland in rush to back trade deal with Britain

More than 40 Republican senators have ignored Irish concerns to say they’ll come to Britain’s aid to ensure a trade deal with the US after Brexit.

The group of 45, led by Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas, have written to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging him to “roar for Britain” like his hero Winston Churchill.

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Free online course about the ancient Book of Kells

Trinity College Dublin is running a free online course about one of Ireland’s true treasures, The Book of Kells.

One of the course tutors commented that the Book of Kells is to Dublin, what the Mona Lisa is to Paris, and the Sistine Chapel ceiling is to Rome, before adding: “You haven’t been to Ireland until you’ve seen the Book of Kells.” Continue reading “Free online course about the ancient Book of Kells”

Britain will abandon Northern Ireland loyalists, says Tony Blair adviser

A former adviser to Tony Blair believes the British government will abandon Northern Ireland loyalists in order to get a good trade with the European Union.

Jonathan Powell was Blair’s Chief of Staff throughout his premiership and the chief British negotiator for the Good Friday Agreement.

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