Fintan O'Toole: We must defend our right to share the island

The unthinkable 20 years ago is becoming ordinary. Our fragile reality must not be destroyed

Harland & Wolff shipyard showing one of the twin cranes in the background. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Harland & Wolff shipyard showing one of the twin cranes in the background. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

To get a sense of what has happened on the island of Ireland over the last 20 years, we could think about just two people. Both are involved in public life, though neither is a politician.

But in both cases, what they are doing was unimaginable in 1998 when the Belfast Agreement was signed. They are the unthinkable Susan Fitzgerald and the unthinkable Drew Harris.

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