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Queen Elizabeth II meets Irish President Michael D. Higgins during a visit to the Lyric Theatre in Belfast.
Queen Elizabeth II meets Irish President Michael D. Higgins during a visit to the Lyric Theatre in Belfast.
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Poll: Would you welcome a united Ireland?

Sinn Féin’s Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty believes it would benefit the economy – but would you welcome a united Ireland?
Jun 29th 2013, 9:49 AM 42,960 535

SINN FÉIN FINANCE Spokesperson Pearse Doherty tells TheJournal.ie today that he believes a united Ireland would mean a better economy.

He says that the Irish government needs to support the demand for a border poll to be held in coming years to open a proper debate on the drawbacks and benefits of uniting the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

According to Doherty, the economic arguments on uniting Ireland are full of misinformation – he claims that the Irish State would not automatically have to replace the €10 billion subvention that the Northern executive gets from central government in London.

However, a recent poll showed that nearly four-fifths of Northern Irish voters would choose to stay in the UK, while a 2011 poll showed that 73 per cent of respondents wanted Northern Ireland to remain part of a single state with Britain.

Today we ask, regardless of your background or location: Would you welcome a united Ireland?


Poll Results:

Yes (8456)
No (6197)
I don't know (2781)



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