The State of Us, Part 4: The ties that bind
Fintan O'Toole: A reimagined republic should define the new Irish identity
We might say that the most distinctive thing about contemporary Irish identity is precisely its radical openness
Irish people like to think of themselves as very strongly bonded to each other. Eurobarometer polls find that people in Ireland are the most likely in the EU to agree with the basic proposition that people in their own country “have a lot in common”: 92 per cent of us believe this as opposed to, say, 59 per cent in France.
This sentiment is strikingly consistent across gender, age and social class differences: 95 per cent of managers agree and 92 per cent of manual workers.