Wanting to win the argument in a viable long term is not talking down Nationalism

As David has noted on Slugger, the establishment of the shared island unit in the office of An Taoiseach has intensified the discussion about our constitutional future on the island of Ireland.  There is little detail in what the work of this unit will look like and how it will approach the monumental task of restarting a conversation that caused a civil war and decades of violence North and South, but we shouldn’t be surprised. That’s how coalition governments work …

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Fine Gael to consider contesting elections in the North #fgaf14

Interesting development from the Fine Gael Ard Fheis this weekend as the party’s delegates have passed a motion to set up a working group to consider the possibility of contesting elections in the North. The motion that was passed only states contesting elections at Local, European and Assembly elections but it will be interesting to see if this group has legs and goes somewhere. To be honest, I wasn’t even aware that this issue was on the radar for the …

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Remembrance and @newbelfast

Normally I am on here to write about what politicians are doing wrong and why they need to do better. Today, I want to bring you something completely different as there is one politician who deserves real praise and that’s the Mayor of Belfast, Mairtin O Muilleoir. This time of year is always an emotive one for Irish nationalism. I have my own views about how we need to commemorate this day and those who died. For Sinn Fein it’s …

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