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After years of skirting the question, Brexit is forcing politicians to finally ask: what would a united Ireland look like?

Although the issue looms large over all political discourse in Northern Ireland, it is rarely subject to serious, detailed, public policy discussion and analysis. Now, figures on both sides of the border must consider the complex reality

By Siobhán Fenton  

People take part in an anti-Brexit rally at the Irish border near Carrickcarnan, Co Louth. Photo: PA

The prospect of a united Ireland holds a curious and contradictory place in politics on both sides of the border. In Northern Ireland it achieves the feat of being simultaneously ever present in political discourse, without ever being truly discussed.

Due to the nature of Northern Ireland’s community divisions as an ethno-national conflict…

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