The majority of people in Northern Ireland would vote against a united Ireland if there was a border poll, according to a new poll.
The latest Ipsos opinion poll from The Irish Times found that half of all northern respondents said they would vote against Irish unity.
Just over a quarter of people at 27pc said they would vote for unity, including 55pc of those from a Catholic background while 18pc said they didn’t know how they would vote and 5pc said they would not vote.
A majority of people in the Republic, at 66pc, said they would vote for Irish unity while 16pc were against the idea and 13pc were undecided.
The highest percentage of people who said they don’t know how they would vote was among the “others” category — those who do not identify as being from a Catholic or Protestant background — where 31pc are undecided.
I am an Irish man with an Irish passport, living in N. Ireland for 44 years now and CURRENTLY I would not vote for a united Ireland.
First of all there are economic reasons.
In N. Ireland the cost of living is less expensive than in the Republic.
For example I don’t pay anything for GP visits or prescriptions.
My brother in the Republic has to hand out € 60 everything he sees his doctor and then even more for his prescribed drugs. His visit can cost him anything up to € 150.
Car tax and car insurance is cheaper in the North.
Alcohol and eating out is cheaper.
Even food is cheaper.
Who in their right mind would vote to have a more expensive cost of living – especially in these times of severe austerity?
It was different in the past when we had Protestant, Unionist Stormont and Mass discrimination against Catholics in employment, housing and by the RUC / BRITISH ARMY.
I have lived in the North since 1978 when The Troubles were in full flight.
But today, the North has been greatly transformed, especially for Catholics and Nationalists.
THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND ?
In many ways, Ireland is still run by a number of Old Boy’s Clubs and vested interests.
The politicians, the lawyers, the judiciary, the Garda and the bishops and priests still wink and nod at each other.
Ireland needs quite a political and social shake up and this could very well happen under a Sinn Fein government.
In Northern Ireland I most often voted for Sinn Fein – as a protest vote.
If I live in Ireland I would vote for Sinn Fein in the next general election.
It’s way past time that the Fianna Fail and Fine Gael monopoly was shattered.
The Ireland that emerges from this upheaval might be much more welcoming for Northerners.
And, we don’t need the old “United Ireland”.
We need, if anything, a NEW IRELAND.