Yes, it's a tired subject, but one which I hope to take in a new direction, so if you are willing to be constructive, whether Nationalist, Unionist or neither - welcome. If you have no interest in the North(as many Soutern Irish posters try to claim), or here to troll or atagonise, then get out of this thread.
To be honest, I think that Gerry Adam's call for a border poll before the end of the next NI assembly will be a fiasco for Nationalism. Not many will vote to join the ROI, even when we recover economically, as a UI is a very ill-defined concept, which could mean anything, from the North being fully absorbed into the ROI, to giving the North effectively devolution-max, with minimal ROI interference, and all or anything in between. This is especially true when the curent status-quo is comfortable enough for many people in the North. That, above everything else, Is Nationalism's biggest problem.
I would say that the priority for the next two decades should be to get the North's economy into some sort of shape, and to create a common civc sphere which can be maintained either in the UK or the ROI. That should be the priority of nationalists serious about reunification.
What I would personally favour is that all Nationalist parties, North and South, should get together and work out how the North will function in a UI, inviting unionist opinion to attend and contribute(although history has shown that in general, such gestures have being effectively fruitless). Effectively, another New Ireland forum. But in absence of that, let's see what can be worked out here - it's pointless, but in fairness, so is 99% of threads here!
There are several questions that need to be asked. To get things rolling, here are some of these questions and my personal responces:
1) What will happen to the Northern assembly, PSNI and other Northern bodiles and institutions?
My answer: Bodies managing stuff like railways, motorways, energy production, etc. will have to be merged, imo, in order for them to work properly. Otherwise, I would allow Northern institutions to keep the same functions as they do in the UK at the moment.
2) Should the Twelfth be made a public holiday in the new UI?
My answer: It should be, as long as all groups involved accepts any limitations that need to be made.
3) What change to Irish language policy should be made?
My answer: Besides ensuring that all people who want Gaelscoils have them, then I would allow Regional authorities(not just the North) to promote the language as they wish, whether it includes making the language compulsory or not.
4) How will the South be able to afford the North, which is running a deficit of over 10 billion pounds?
My answer: That statistic does not include some forms of tax collected in the North, including corporation tax, so although they are running a large deficit still, a Southern Ireland returned to growth will have no problems dealing with it.
5) Will there have to be a new constitution, National flag, Anthem etc.?
My answer: Most definately.
6) Should the new Unified Ireland join the commonwealth?
My answer: If it makes the Unionist community not to feel totally seperated from Britain, then why not? I believe that the EU can be a bigger threat to our republic than the commonwealth, tbh. It's mainly a meaningless club which does not have any drawbacks besides it's *cough* history.
7) Which City should be the Capital of a Unified Ireland?
My answer: I personally favour Athlone, Although I suppose for at least an interm period, Dublin will have to fill that role.
Now, let the battle begin!petunia