Could Ireland join the Commonwealth post-Brexit?

 

With Brexit becoming a reality, and the prospect of a ‘hard’ border in Ireland looming, could this now be a good time to work towards an agreed Ireland involving closer ties to the Commonwealth of Nations, together with other options such as the continuance of a relationship between Northern Ireland and the European Union as well as the Republic of Ireland? It seems that in this new climate, all options are on the table.

> ‘Win-win’ bid for Ireland to rejoin the Commonwealth after Brexit

> Ireland could join the Commonwealth post-Brexit to cement closer ties

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Robin Bury Book Launched

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A new book, Buried Lives, the Protestants of Southern Ireland was launched recently in Dublin.

Review by Eoghan Harris in the Belfast Telegraph

Review by Brian Kennaway in the News Letter

> Interview with Robin Bury in the News Letter

> Review by Kim Bielenberg in the Sunday Independent

The book can be purchased from The History Press, and other outlets such as Dubray Books, WorderyAmazon, and in eBook format from outlets such as WHSmith.

9781845888800

Book Cover Picture: The History Press
Event photo: Ashleigh Ekins

Economics: institutions, borders, norms and sentiments do matter

Tom Healy, Director NERI

by Tom Healy, Director NERI (Nevin Economic Research Institute)

There are only five ways to avoid a further hardening of the border on the island of Ireland:

  1. The United Kingdom does not leave the EU – after all.
  2. A united Ireland within the UK and outside the EU is agreed.
  3. A united Ireland outside the UK and within the EU is agreed.
  4. The EU breaks up and/or there is an Irexit in which case Ireland and the UK are free to negotiate whatever bilateral arrangements suit them.
  5. Some special status is agreed whereby Northern Ireland remains within the EU and the UK.

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Amid the frustrations, Enda might recall Fine Gael’s moment of ‘Irexit’ with the UK

Mary Kenny—Irish Independent
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I wonder if Enda ever casts his mind back to the decisions of his direct predecessor in Fine Gael, John A. Costello, who, in a reversal of the current situation, took the 26 counties—then called “Eire”—out of the Commonwealth back in 1948.

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Debate on the battle of the Somme at Irish embassy

Interesting debate on commemorating the battle of the Somme with comments on how commemorations were much more inclusive for 1916.

Ireland – 1916 and Beyond: The Somme

Jeffrey Donaldson MP, Andrew Murrison MP and Dr Catriona Pennell speak about the significance of the battle of the Somme in an event at the Irish Embassy in London on Tuesday 14 June.