Many people now look to the continuing increase of the nationalist population to bring about a united Ireland.
At the moment it seems that its about 24% regard themselves as nationalist, 38% regard themselves as unionists, and 35% as neither
(Times Survey 2003 Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey)
It seems 30% of the catholic population are not in favour of unification.
And asked what they would like the future of the north to be, 23% would be in favour of the republic, while 59% are in favour of the union (The Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey 2004)
So if in 20 yrs or so the nationalist population begins to equal the unionist, it wouldnt be a case of simply convincing a few unionists to jump ship, we would also have to convince people who regard themselves as nationalists that their future is in a free Ireland.
And as normalisation continues in the north, will people not be more and more content with the status quo?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics_o ... rn_Ireland