John Taylor wants Donegal to join the UK

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There has been some mutterings in international diplomacy recently about the threats posed to world peace by aging and senile male leaders. The doings of Donald Trump and Robert Mugabe will have been exercising minds. I fear that we need to look to our own wee island now too.

The unionist "lord" John Taylor who is nearly 80, has suggested that Donegal should join the United Kingdom. This however, would immediately add a huge number of pro-Irish unification voters to the NI electoral register given that the county has a population of 160,000.

Thank you, Mister Taylor but unless you're now on the CNR side, then you must have neglected to take the meds left out for you by that nice nurse today.

Lord Kilclooney (sic) claims Donegal would be better off in UK - The Irish News

(Cue loads of people posting "They can have [insert county name] too.)
 
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There has been some mutterings in international diplomacy recently about the threats posed to world peace by aging and senile male leaders. The doings of Donald Trump and Robert Mugabe will have been exercising minds. I fear that we need to look to our own wee island now too.

The unionist "lord" John Taylor who is nearly 80, has suggested that Donegal should join the United Kingdom. This however, would immediately add almost 160,000 pro-Irish unification voters to the NI electoral register.

Thank you, Mister Taylor but unless you're now on the CNR side, then you must have neglected to take the meds left out for you by that nice nurse today.

Lord Kilclooney claims Donegal would be better off in UK - The Irish News

(Cue loads of people posting "They can have [insert county name] too.)
There are a 160,000 voters in Donegal?

He was just putting the case for those voters to reconsider their position.

A bit silly. But no more than a unionist deflection from the discombobulation they're feeling at the moment with Arlene's conundrum.
 

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There are a 160,000 voters in Donegal?
Whoops no. Good question and I'll amend the OP. The population of Donegal is 160,000 but they wouldn't all be voters. It would be a sizable increase for the pro-UI vote, though.
 

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Whoops no. Good question and I'll amend the OP. The population of Donegal is 160,000 but they wouldn't all be voters. It would be a sizable increase for the pro-UI vote, though.
Not if they voted to become part of NI, which appears to be what Taylor is suggesting.

Apparently he seems to be of the opinion that people -- even Donegal people -- can change their minds.
 

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John bases this on the reality that distance from Dublin meant Donegal was over looked when it came to investment. When John was an MP his party ignored Derry which is a hell of a lot nearer to Stormont than Donegal is from Leinster House. The university went to Coleraine and the motorway to Ballymena. Rail lines were closed to beat the band, a flute band perhaps?
Fermanagh went down the economic tubes when Taylor was in office up north. Clearly John 's memory is at him again.
 

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There are a 160,000 voters in Donegal?

He was just putting the case for those voters to reconsider their position.

A bit silly. But no more than a unionist deflection from the discombobulation they're feeling at the moment with Arlene's conundrum.
124,000 between the 2 old Donegal constituencies back in 2011, the new single constituency has lost some territory to other constituencies.
 

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John bases this on the reality that distance from Dublin meant Donegal was over looked when it came to investment. When John was an MP his party ignored Derry which is a hell of a lot nearer to Stormont than Donegal is from Leinster House. The university went to Coleraine and the motorway to Ballymena. Rail lines were closed to beat the band, a flute band perhaps?
Fermanagh went down the economic tubes when Taylor was in office up north. Clearly John 's memory is at him again.
They're all good points.
 

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It's also reflective of a curious attitude Unionists have to Donegal. They might convince themselves that Dublin, Kerry, Conamara etc. are different enough to be cast as 'foreign' to them, but Donegal is a bit of a challenge. Towns like Raphoe, Killygordon are so obviously of one piece with towns on the other side of the border that the whole 'two nations' argument they inherited from the Cruiser falls apart.
 

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He seems to forget that the reason why Donegal, and a couple of other Ulster counties, were not part of partition was because there were too many Nationalists in them in the first place.

You can't build a sectarian state if you are barely a majority.
 

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As a Dub, I would like the option to vote for Donegal to join the UK.
Can we add the rest of Ulster into the mix as well ?
 

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They're all good points.
I first heard him opine on this 20 years ago...he was half kidding at the time but said something along the lines of “we should have given the south Bits of Fermanagh/ Tyrone and all of south Armagh, and held onto a nice place like donegal”
 

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There has been some mutterings in international diplomacy recently about the threats posed to world peace by aging and senile male leaders. The doings of Donald Trump and Robert Mugabe will have been exercising minds. I fear that we need to look to our own wee island now too.

The unionist "lord" John Taylor who is nearly 80, has suggested that Donegal should join the United Kingdom. This however, would immediately add a huge number of pro-Irish unification voters to the NI electoral register given that the county has a population of 160,000.

Thank you, Mister Taylor but unless you're now on the CNR side, then you must have neglected to take the meds left out for you by that nice nurse today.

Lord Kilclooney (sic) claims Donegal would be better off in UK - The Irish News

(Cue loads of people posting "They can have [insert county name] too.)


It's the mediteranean climate in Rossnowlagh they're after


 

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Why is this idiotic suggestion even neing discussed far more important and real things going on in the world this idiocy shouldnt even be given the time of day.
 

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I first heard him opine on this 20 years ago...he was half kidding at the time but said something along the lines of “we should have given the south Bits of Fermanagh/ Tyrone and all of south Armagh, and held onto a nice place like donegal”
I was afraid of something a bit like that!

Sweet Jesus!

Can anyone imagine wanting to give up Donegal in return for South Armagh?
 

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Not if they voted to become part of NI, which appears to be what Taylor is suggesting.

Apparently he seems to be of the opinion that people -- even Donegal people -- can change their minds.
Cute hoors that they are, the folks of God's Own County might vote themselves in just to get the Wee Six back..

On the other hand, it has been nicknamed DoNOgal for a reason.
 


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