Irish identities?

At last, Brendan O’Neill takes a quick break from more pressing international affairs and provides us something we can use here at the Letter. He keeps up his sustained attack on false Irishness:

“Irishness used to be a straightforward affair, where it was rightly assumed that those who lived or were born in Ireland were Irish. Now that Irishness is everything and anything, you have to declare your Irish credentials repeatedly in order to feel that your identity is a real, living thing….”

Although Brendan is speaking to a recent report into Irishness in Britain; this debate has the potential to provide some form of mediation between the clashing nationalist identities in Northern Ireland.

Another story in the Herald.

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