- Dec 8, 2010
A lot of what Seamus Mallon says in this article makes perfect sense. Of course a broad base of support for reunification should be built and unionist fears need to be addressed.
However his basic contention that a simple majority in favour of reunification can not warrant such an outcome is completely at odds with the terms of the Good Friday agreement.
In effect, Mallon, wants to hand unionists a veto on Irish reunification.
This isn’t the first time such comments have been forthcoming. Enda Kenny, Bertie Ahern and Leo Varadkar have all made similar comments in the past.
Such an assertion is morally and legally in direct contravention of the GFA. A key component of which was to offer Irish nationalists a clear and unambiguous path to a United Ireland.
To have a former leader of nationalism and an architect of the GFA to completely undermine a key tenet of the agreement is hard to understand and justify.
As we approach the demographic tipping point in the north the attempts to change the goal posts need to be vigorously and democratically resisted.
The principle of consent must be safe guarded from an Irish political class that seems hell bent on appeasing unionism at the expense of democracy in Ireland.