Book Review

United Nation – Consideration of a future united Ireland gets bogged down in recent past

Frank Connolly’s new book runs with the principle of ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’ on the thorny subject of Irish reunification

Frank Connolly’s new book examines what form a united Ireland might take. Picture: Getty

Like many Ulster unionists, farm union leader Ian Marshall grew up thinking of the Irish tricolour as something draped over coffins at paramilitary funerals. It wasn’t until the then taoiseach Leo Varadkar appointed him to the Seanad in 2018 that he learned about the green, white and orange emblem’s peaceful message. Now Marshall believes a united Ireland could happen one day, but only if its cheerleaders do a much better job of selling it.

“Republicans ...