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    (Original post by mark renton)
    forgive me for being cynical but is there not a chance that when that happens, an element of the Protestant community could form a seperatist element and we could see the exact same situation we saw with the IRA, but the other way around, for a number of years?
    Well, that was probably why Northern Ireland was retained - Ulster wouldn't have accepted rule from a Dublin-based Republic and would've started a civil war if they'd found themselves in an independent state.

    (Original post by Jim-ie)
    Yes there is but we are in an age where that type of behaviour isnt tolerated.
    I think that's very optimistic.

    The reason nationalists kicked up and it all came to a head was because of lack of representation, and discrimination in housing and jobs, being second class citizens, not because of the border so much.
    Agreed, but don't underestimate the incendiary qualities of such a dramatic change and loss for the Loyalist community.

    isn't the Republic of Ireland now much more of a secular country than it was 20 years ago?

    maybe the Protestants would feel less like they would be dominated by a catholic establishment now if reunion happened?
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