Fintan O’Toole: It’s a united Ireland, but not as we know it

Star Trek predicted Irish unification in 2024. It’s not inconceivable the series was right

In 1990, with the Troubles still taking place, an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation was censored in Ireland and the UK as it suggested that Ireland unified in the year 2024. Video: Paramount Television

Captain’s log, stardate 43010.7. In an episode of Star Trek broadcast in 1990, the Starship Enterprise visits the planet Rutia IV and the crew gets caught up in a violent conflict.

A separatist group demanding independence for its homeland of Ansata has launched a ruthless campaign of terrorism against the central government. Dr Beverly Crusher is kidnapped by the terrorist leader with the suspiciously Irish name of Finn.

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