Whilst the Sinn Fein Minister for Health avoids using ‘The North’ in her foreword in the recent Health & Wellbeing 2026 release; it is used under ‘The Challenge’ chapter using the personal pronoun.
This is a serious reform study and should not include mythical names that are constitutionally divisive. The Good Friday Agreement signed by the governments of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and ratified by a democratic referendum clearly recognises two separate jurisdictions. Both Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have separate legal systems. The other members of the Executive need to vote down such behaviour and make a statement in support of proper use of titles and names.
From David Barbour, via email