Ireland’s “Old World melting pot must adapt, learn and settle before it can progress”

Oh dear, to take up the tone from Ruarai’s somewhat sleazy letter from America, there’s a very thoughtful blog essay on the problem of Ireland. I heartily recommend reading the whole thing, but here’s the last paragraph:

While the tricky political condition resulting in the border must not be taken lightly, people of this island need to learn to transcend political reckoning with social cooperation. So where does this leave us? It leaves us without a single, identifiable voice; a petty and embarrassing construct born from invasion, divide and conquest. Indeed, if the island is to move forward, it is time for the people to reconsider their history with a fresh perspective and rethink what exactly it means to be of this island. [emphasis added]

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