Elaine Byrne: A century on, North’s concerns are simply not box-office in Britain

It’s been clear for some time that Britain has little interest in Northern Ireland, which means it has failed to notice some interesting recent developments

Boris Johnson and Arlene Foster: the British prime minister is perceived as merely going through the motions in any discussion about Northern Ireland. Picture: Getty

The centenary of the foundation of Northern Ireland falls next week. Under the terms of the Government of Ireland Act 1920, the partition of Ireland became a reality and the border was established on May 3, 1921.

You would be forgiven for not being aware of this contentious date in Irish and British history. Those living in Britain are certainly not aware of it.

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