Peter Shirlow

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Polling in a recent BBC Spotlight documentary marking the centenary of the creation of Northern Ireland was referenced in the debate. Photograph: iStock

Consecutive surveys on the future of Northern Ireland have flagged approximately two-thirds support for union with Britain, a debate on the state of u(...)

The Parliament Buildings in the Stormont Estate in Belfast.  Prof Peter Shirlow said ‘the language of Irish unification is that of compromise and debate’. Photograph: Paul Faith

A new digital platform featuring a wide range of arguments for the union and for a united Ireland has been launched by the Institute of Irish Studies (...)

‘Regardless of their preferences, policymakers and the public in both jurisdictions should be well informed.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg/ File

A major academic initiative to avoid the pitfalls of the Brexit vote when it comes to a future referendum on Northern Ireland has been launched. The(...)

The furthering of linkages between North and South through culture, environment and tourism can  raise the levels of mutual dependence and assist in the avoidance of conflict. Photograph: iStock

Debate on the constitutional position of Northern Ireland is often presented as binary: the options given are the status quo or a Border poll, with th(...)

Mary Lou McDonald speaks at a graveside commemoration in Glasnevin to mark 150 years since the birth of Constance Markievicz. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley’s tweet comparing the Kilmichael ambush and the Narrow Water attacks that left 18 British soldiers dead was not just anothe(...)

The notion of John Hume’s “agreed Ireland” wasn’t just an aspirational soundbite, but was being practised at political level, and was feeding into the more optimistic public mood. The future seemed to look neither hard green nor orange, but a lighter mix of the two. Photograph: Getty Images

Brexit has unleashed many demons in Northern Ireland, and on the island generally. It has shaken social, political and economic structures, and raised(...)

Former first minister Peter Robinson addressing the MacGill Summer School. Photopgraph: North West Nespix

Peter Robinson’s comments about a united Ireland at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties on Friday annoyed and upset different strands of unionism, a(...)

With the “civic unionism” letter, Dr James Wilson was anxious to counter any nationalist assumptions that such a grouping  was “passive” about or opposed to equality and rights.  File photograph: Getty Images

Dr James Wilson is a freelance consultant, researcher and historian, and former member of the British army from Coleraine, Co Derry, who believes broa(...)

Ulster Unionist Assembly member Mike Nesbitt, former Ireland international Trevor Ringland and Rev John Dunlop. File photographs: The Irish Times/Inpho

A “civic unionism” group of more than 100 people from various sections of Northern Irish society has challenged what it says is a nationalist assumpti(...)

 Members of the Royal Black Preceptory in the sea side town of Bangor in Co Down: the North Down constituency voted by 52-48 per cent in favour of staying in the European Union. Photograph: Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

When Britain voted for Brexit, a strange thing happened in North Down. This is a unionist-dominated area of Northern Ireland, with many of its people(...)

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