Minister McDowell has argued that the communication gap between Republicans and Unionists has become vast. If, he argues, Republicans are serious about building the kind of united Ireland (envisaged by Thomas Davies and others), they need to build some serious bridges with current unionists to pursuade them of the merits of a unified polity for the island. The only practical way to begin such a process, he believes, is by re-instating the democratic institutions of the Belfast Agreement.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty