There are only five ways to avoid a further hardening of the border on the island of Ireland:
- The United Kingdom does not leave the EU – after all.
- A united Ireland within the UK and outside the EU is agreed.
- A united Ireland outside the UK and within the EU is agreed.
- 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.
- Some special status is agreed whereby Northern Ireland remains within the EU and the UK.
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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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Mary Kenny—Irish Independent
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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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
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.