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If unionists insist on NI being British and British only, it can’t and won’t survive

Belfast Telegraph 24 Sep 2022
This demographic shift has not resulted from strategic considerations by nationalist parties ... The party that indulged “curry my yoghurt” jibes about the use of Irish in the Assembly chamber and the description of a Sinn Féin MLA as a “failed hunger striker” has repulsed even many of its former voters ... More On Democratic Unionist Party.
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Hazardous to infer preferences for Irish unity or UK union from latest NI census

The Irish Times 24 Sep 2022
... themselves as British only, 29% as Irish and 20% as Northern Irish ... There is a definite overlap between those with no religion, those who describe themselves as Northern Irish and those categorised as “others” who now give the Alliance Party its 16 per cent share of the vote.
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How perceived ‘Irish problems’ shaped British political thinking

The Irish Times 24 Sep 2022
Prior to the establishment of a nationalist party after 1870, Irish MPs from the majority-Catholic provinces often added to the Liberal Party’s strength and indirectly influenced their policy, in the words of the historian Oliver MacDonagh, “akin to that of Victorian women over husbands and fathers ...
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Leo Cullen upbeat on Ciaran Frawley injury ahead of Emerging Ireland tour

Irish Independent 24 Sep 2022
The out-half was replaced after 45 minutes of Friday’s 42-10 victory over Benetton having received treatment on his shoulder towards the end of the first half.He is due to play an important role at the Toyota Cup where an inexperienced Irish touring party will face the ...
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Varadkar’s second coming: will he be Leo the liability?

Irish Independent 24 Sep 2022
“The gutter is Bertie Ahern’s natural habitat.’’Now, he saves his most vitriolic attacks for Sinn Féin, but critics have wondered whether these barbs have enhanced Fine Gael’s standing or merely elevated the rival party as a ...
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Big read - Eamonn McCann: Power-sharing was flawed from inception… The Good Friday Agreement never envisaged the rise of the ‘other’

Belfast Telegraph 24 Sep 2022
Casting his mind back McCann says pre-Troubles politics weren’t as divisive – in the Foyle constituency, the Labour Party would have consistently accounted for about 35% of the vote ... / ... Political heroes in the household were Dr Noël Browne of Clann na Poblachta whose Mother and Child Scheme brought down the first Irish inter party government in 1951.
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Shifting demographics stirs debate on Northern Ireland’s future

Al Jazeera 23 Sep 2022
The results have been described as “a seminal moment” by leaders of Irish republican parties – who favour the reunification of Ireland and draw most of their votes from the Catholic population, and have caused disquiet in unionist camps – who want to remain in the United Kingdom and are supported mostly by Protestants.
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N. Ireland has more Catholics than Protestants for first time, census shows

The Telegraph India 23 Sep 2022
Twenty-nine percent saw themselves as Irish, up from 25%, while 20% said they were Northern Irish ... The Irish nationalist Sinn Fein party, which spoke of the census results as "a clear indication that historic change is happening across this island," is among those demanding a vote on the issue.
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Sinn Fein leader: Time to plan for border poll on Irish unity

Belfast Telegraph 23 Sep 2022
Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald has called for “urgent” plans for a border poll on Irish unity ... Speaking in Dublin at the launch of Sinn Fein’s Budget 2023 proposals she said her party would make financial provision for the establishment of a citizens’ assembly on Irish reunification.
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Secular society, Brexit and looser ties of identity point only one way for Northern Ireland

Irish Independent 22 Sep 2022
A mirror is being held up to the Northern Irish state, and there is cause for hope in its findings ... If people want to be readmitted to the European Union – and the middle ground does, irrespective of party affiliation – union with Britain is an obstacle, whereas Irish unity means automatic EU membership.
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Catholics outnumber Protestants for the first time in Northern Ireland

Business Day 22 Sep 2022
The party has increased calls for a poll since Britain's decision to leave the EU in 2016, which 56% of Northern Irish voters opposed ... But while Catholics tend to vote for Irish nationalist parties and support a united Ireland, an increase in Catholic population does not automatically increase support for either.
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Northern Ireland has more Catholics than Protestants for first time: Census

Gulf News 22 Sep 2022
Colum Eastwood, the leader of the smaller, moderate Irish nationalist party the SDLP, said on Thursday the shift revealed in the latest census numbers was “a seminal moment in the history of modern Ireland” that should not be downplayed. But while Catholics tend to vote for Irish ...
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Northern Ireland has more Catholics than Protestants for first time

Reuters 22 Sep 2022
The party has increased calls for a poll since Britain's decision to leave the EU in 2016, which 56% of Northern Irish voters opposed ... But while Catholics tend to vote for Irish nationalist parties and support a united Ireland, an increase in Catholic population does not automatically increase support for either.
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Northern Ireland has more Catholics than Protestants for first time – census

FX Empire 22 Sep 2022
Colum Eastwood, the leader of the smaller, moderate Irish nationalist party the SDLP, said on Thursday the shift revealed in the latest census numbers was “a seminal moment in the history of modern Ireland” that should not be downplayed. But while Catholics tend to vote for Irish ...
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Catholic population outstrips Protestants in Northern Ireland first

La Prensa Latina 22 Sep 2022
The census results come just five months after the region’s nationalist party Sinn Féin, a promoter of Irish reunification, won elections for the first time in the history of Northern Ireland, which has traditionally been dominated Protestant and pro-British politics ... Another 29.1% said they felt Irish only, while 19.8% Northern Irish only.

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