The Fine Gael Ard Fheis

Delegates have just voted to use the tagline "The United Ireland Party" on all their publications. Har!

While it's obviously deeply hypocritical of them, it is nonetheless a move to be welcomed. Not only because it demonstrates Sinn Féin's success in returning the issue to the top of the agenda - and when we've got Fine Gael, of all people, compelled to assert their pro-reunification credentials, we've definitely accomplished something - but because they will either have to (a) start actively promoting reunification, or (b) leave themselves open to even more ridicule. I'm always happy to ridicule Fine Gael, but I genuinely hope they choose the first course.


Ken said...

Why would we want reunification with the North. The majorety want to be part of the U.K. so they should be. Even if they wanted to become part of the republic. Why should the republic, a prosperous economy have to take on thir probloms it would cripple us. I'm very disapointed that Fine Gael have adoped this slogen

Wednesday said...

The majorety want to be part of the U.K. so they should be

The majority of Counties Armagh, Derry, Tyrone and Fermanagh, as well as West Belfast, want to be part of the Republic so they should be. Right?

And why do you think reunification would cripple us? Even Peter Hain acknowledges that an all-Ireland economy makes sense.

Ken said...

Look at Germany. Re-Unification greatly harmed thir econamy. Admitatly N.I. is not as bad as east Germany but its still a sepreate country with a diffrent economy than Irland. For the republic to just take on the norths economy would damage both north and south.

I think that Peter Hain was talking about grater coperation particularly in aras such ans Transport, inferstructure and Communications

Wednesday said...

Oh, come on. You can't use the example of Germany as an argument against reunification anywhere else. East Germany was an absolute basket case. And the north isn't a separate country, merely part of a separate state.

As to Peter Hain, here are his precise words:

"In future decades, it is going to be increasingly difficult to look at the economy of north and south except as a sort of island of Ireland economy...The Northern Ireland economy, though it is doing better than ever in its history, is not sustainable in the long-term."

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