In the ongoing debate regarding a future united Ireland, it is important not to conflate a British identity with opposition to Irish unity. Identity is far more complex than that.
It is perfectly possible to have a British identity and see that the best future for all the people of the North is within a united Ireland.
It is possible to describe yourself as ‘Northern Irish’ and to understand that Partition is not working; to want the North to re-enter the European Union through the pathway of Irish unity.
A united Ireland is not just for those who see their identity solely as Irish.
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What we need to build on this island is a united Ireland that embraces all identities — an Ireland, to paraphrase Thomas Davis, which will “embrace Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter – Milesian and Cromwellian – the Irishman of a hundred generations, and the stranger who is within our gates”.
Séamus Hazlett, Ashbourne, Co Meath
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