Northern Ireland

Mitchell proposes British monarch as dual head of state for North in united Ireland

The former Fine Gael minister says that in a united Ireland, ‘Britishness has to be recognised as a legitimate co-identity with Irishness’

Gay Mitchell: ‘A united Ireland will be much more complex than many let on.’ Picture: Collins

The British monarch could remain as a dual head of state in the North if a united Ireland ever happens, Gay Mitchell has proposed.

The retired Fine Gael minister and former Lord Mayor of Dublin told the Business Post that the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth had shown the depth of support for the monarchy in certain unionist communities in Northern Ireland. He said these communities would have to be considered as part of arrangements ...