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Making Sense of a United Ireland : Should it happen? How might it happen?

Brendan O’Leary
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Published: May 16, 2024
ISBN: 9780241995778
384 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom


Will Ireland really reunite?

A century ago the resolution to Ireland’s long struggle for independence was a settlement that saw six of its northern counties remain in the United Kingdom while the other twenty-six formed the new Republic of Ireland. Since partition the unification of the two parts of the island has seemed impossible, particularly because of the bloody legacy of past conflict.

However, by 2030, if not sooner, demographic and electoral advantages of Ulster unionists, who wish to remain part of the UK, will be over. And in the light of Brexit, the rising popularity of the Irish nationalist party Sinn Féin, political developments both sides of the border, and within Great Britain, Irish unification referendums will become increasingly likely. Yet even those who want these to happen are not prepared.

Making Sense of a United Ireland is a landmark exploration of this most contentious of issues. Distinguished political scientist Brendan O’Leary – a global expert on divided places, who has been profoundly engaged with t

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