“A UI will only happen when the unionists in the north recognise that we as a nation have finally matured…”

Just to add to the bizarrely fragile tone of the day that’s in it, this former senior officer in the Irish Defence Forces is getting stick for honouring his English guests at his Donegal holiday centre by flying their national flag.

However, he takes a robust and contrary view to that of his many critics…

“I think that by flying the Union flag here it demonstrates the new maturity of the Republic, especially if it’s a Union flag, as on this occasion.

“This week I have had phone calls and email messages from people who are annoyed about the sight of the flag on my property. I say to them, if you feel insulted by that flag, you need to look at why you feel insulted. I fly flags out of respect and for fun. Today, 80% of my guests are English, so I will fly their flag.

“I am passionate about a united Ireland by agreement. And I think that will only happen when the unionists in the north recognise that we as a nation have finally matured and they choose to unite with us.”

Don’t hold yer breath.

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