If we are to believe the results of an important new opinion poll, the reunification of Ireland looks to be further away than its proponents would like us to believe. It is over the hills and far away. Anxiety, amounting to fear of the consequences, among the Catholic community has put a spoke in the unity wheel. Though nationalists – nearly all of Catholic heritage – are moving into the majority in Northern Ireland, enough of them are concerned about the impact of such a fundamental shift, including the likelihood of a Loyalist backlash, to give them pause.
The Irish premier has made conciliatory noises on the Northern Ireland Protocol which he helped to negotiate.