Read more: Peter Robinson: DUP can entice more Catholics - Northern Ireland, Local & National - Belfasttelegraph.co.ukNationalism is in crisis while confident unionism can attract the support of more Catholics, First Minister Peter Robinson has claimed.
The DUP leader told a party gathering that the fastest-growing section of Northern Ireland society is neither ‘unionist’ or ‘nationalist’.
Instead many people are defining themselves as ‘Northern Irish’ — putting the nationalist goal of a united Ireland further away than ever, he argued.
â€˜Nationalism is in crisisâ€™ Peter Robinson tells a DUP gathering - Headlines - Belfast NewsletterHe claimed the republican goal of a United Ireland was as far away as ever.
“Their grand plan by their grand strategist (Gerry) Adams has failed.
“To avoid the hard truths of home he wanders the world trying to convince the ignorant and the gullible that it’ll happen any day now.
“The dirty work of playing the sectarian card he leaves to his henchmen, something he was always wont to do.”
I doubt many of us believe that the DUP is going to be inundated by CNR members or voters, however it is plain to see that the vast majority on both 'sides' are actually happy with the status quo. Increasingly the trend is towards a Northern Irish identity. At some stage we and our politicians are going to have to accept this and move from tribal politics and concentrate on doing what is best for n.i. Personally i favor a form of devo-max with a number of north-south bodies overseeing areas of mutual interest, or in short screwing what we can out of both London and Dublin...