It’s time to talk about Irish unification as reconciliation

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Northern Ireland Troubles: British soldiers on patrol in 1969. Photograph: Peter Kemp/AP Photo

Northern Ireland Troubles: British soldiers on patrol in 1969. Photograph: Peter Kemp/AP Photo

When the vice-president of Sinn Féin, Michelle O’Neill, told her party’s annual Easter commemoration in west Belfast that there should be a referendum on a “united Ireland” within five years, she hardly recognised the full significance of the anniversary she was conjuring up.

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