Thursday February 20, 2020

The hard borders drawn in our hearts

The threat of Brexit has given us a renewed sense of anti-partitionism. We should start by reaching out to our unionist neighbours

31st December, 2017
Despite their chasm-like political differences, Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness became fast friends Pic: Getty

The Frontline presidential election debate programme in October 2011 earned its infamy because of the “Tweetgate” incident. RTÉ has recently issued substantial damages and an apology to the then-presidential candidate Seán Gallagher.

However, that television programme also exposed a peculiar anti-Northern Irish trait found in a significant proportion of those living in the Republic. “Why did you come down here? Why don’t you stay up there?” asked a young woman of...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

State catching up with higher-than-average increase in number of new companies

Rachel Lavin | 1 day ago

Refusing to discuss Irish unity no longer makes any sense for the DUP –talking about a united Ireland is not the same as supporting it

Deirdre Heenan | 4 days ago

A Sinn Féin-led government would have many implications for the country, from tax on banks to the housing market to a border poll

Ian Guider | 4 days ago