Northern Ireland

John Walsh: Contrasting Irish and British fortunes could be a selling point for a united Ireland

If Britain’s descent into a fiscally parlous state continues, it could decide to reduce the £10bn subvention to the North, making being part of a united Ireland more attractive in a border poll

Mary Lou McDonald, the Sinn Féin leader: Irish unification is a legitimate aspiration. Picture: PA

If there is going to be a united Ireland in the future, who will pay for it? This question was at least partially addressed at the Ireland’s Future event at the 3Arena in Dublin earlier this month, but there were no convincing answers.

The event inevitably prompted criticism from the unionist community in Northern Ireland. It was depicted as an echo chamber that was divorced from the reality of life in the six counties. There ...