In this age of relative peace and gradual integration and collaboration, many of the attitudes that certain groups would have felt for each other have almost certainly transformed, not just in terms of those in Northern Ireland but across the entire archipelago as well. The once fairly turbulent and at times resentful opinion that many in the Republic would have felt for the UK has subsided significantly, and now relations appear to be very friendly. The opinion of Southerners towards Northern Ireland has also changed as far as I can tell. From the opinions that I have heard, Northern Ireland would once have been regarded as a no-go area in which the two irreconcilable communities fostered bitter hatred towards each other and sectarian violence was rampant, the "Black North" as it was sometimes called. Now that opinion has also changed dramatically, and now it appears to be seen as a welcoming and above all peaceful place.
I'm interested to know how people from both communities view the Republic and the people who live there. It is true that for many years the idea of an "outside interference" played a huge role in how unionism viewed the Republic, but has that changed? And do nationalists now feel cut off or unhappy about the seemingly indifferent nature of most parties in the south towards a UI?
Forgive me if my post appears to be too generalised or stereotyped, these are just the opinions of people whom I have come across and have discussed this with.