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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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

Re-enter the Commonwealth by Mary Kenny

Article by Mary Kenny on why Ireland should re-enter the Commonwealth in the context of Brexit.

It left in 1949, not 1948. Australian Foreign Affairs Minister was very helpful in negotiating an exit with Attlee that would ensure Eire would get free movement of labour and trade benefits it enjoyed as a Commonwealth member. Canada also treated Eire as a Commonwealth member after it left. This led Churchill to say “When they were in they were out and when they were out they were in.’ It was like having your cake and eating it.

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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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Reform Group Seminar (15 October 2016)

Mr John Bruton, former taoiseach (prime minister) of the Republic of Ireland and former European Union ambassador to the United States of America

Mr Frank Callanan S.C. (author of the Parnell split and T.M. Healy)

Mr Dermot Meleady (author of two volumes on the life of John Redmond)

Mr Tom Carew (local historian)

Chairman: Mr Felix Larkin

Forgotten Patriots seminar available on iTunes along with other talks, and available on SoundCloud