Do Irish people instinctively understand that Irish unity, independence and sovereignty is in their vital interest? July 9, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics, Northern Ireland, The Left.
As someone who is a relatively recent arrival in the Republic (6 1/2 years) I had expected to find a much higher degree of support among working people for national unity than has proved to be the case. The subject only seems to be of interest to the small layer of consciously self-describing republicans – primarily those identifying with Sinn Fein. For most working people I interact with (both those overtly involved in political campaigns and those not) this supposed “instinctive” understanding seems to be more-or-less totally missing, or at least is extremely deeply submerged.
But perhaps my experience is not typical and I would be interested to hear what about the experience of others on this blog in this regard.
I think it’s worth considering, not least because the North as an issue is vastly less prominent as an issue than it once was in Irish left politics. So what of further afield?