Bertie: "will there be a united Ireland?"

The Today programme asked Mr Ahern [mp3] the big one this morning: “Prime Minister, do you think there will be a united Ireland in your lifetime?”. Leaving aside the fact that they failed to address him as Taoiseach, here is his unedited answer…

I, I hope we, we can move to a situation where the co-operation, ahh, on this island, on things that make sense to co-operate on, like we’re doing at the moment on tourism, on matters of trade, on things like electricity, and, on health issues, we should continue to try to build up our confidence over that period of time. And then, ahh, in another time, people might, on the basis of consent, see that a united Ireland is the right thing to do. It’s not going to happen in the short term and I don’t think it’ll happen in my political lifetime.

The interview is available as part of the BBC’s podcasting trials.

  • michael

    sup yo! well im a nothern nationalist, please note NATIONALIST. Despite SF’s latest statements, whoops ive made a little faus pas, sorry, the IRA’s latest statement im still not gonna vote for them. I come from a small village in the north of antrim, some interesting set-ups that the news crews somehow knew about!

    neways, my ‘unionist’ friends always said to me when we had this discussion. ‘well its inevitable isnt it?’ i could never understand why they said that, thus my answer was a resounding ‘NO?’

    But now im convinced, if we gradually develope all-ireland bodies for our mutual benifit the eventually it will just happen.


  • Visioneer


    My answer to your question is, Yes, the Agreement ends with the Yes vote on unification by the citizens of NI.

    The second part of this is wrong. The Agreement requires two referendums, in NI and RoI, for unification.

    Posted by: fair_deal at July 29, 2005 04:34 PM”

    fair-deal refers to the Agreement * shock *

    The very agreement his party says is dead