Tom Kelly argues that Sinn Fein’s combative attempt to breathe life into the political cause of re-unification is besides the point. And he excoriates southern politicians for their rush to reclaim the heritage of the 1916 uprising as also being besides the point. Effectively, he argues that the real point of modern day Republicanism should be to take its core values and re-present them in such a way that attracts the Protestant and (now largely secular) Dissenting traditions back to a political project that had its foundations in their own political instincts: “…the real challenge for those who believe in a united Ireland is to persuade non-nationalists on the island that they have nothing to fear from the pluralist, egalitarian and fraternal ideals contained in true republicanism”.
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