For this article I wish to set aside any reference to the past in regards to attacks carried out by militant Republicanism or even any actions of Loyalist groups. I simply wanted to ask questions of the Republican audience on this forum: those who are former Republican prisoners, some have been within the Provisional Movement and others from the Irish Republican Socialist section. Overall, republicans share a main objective of uniting Ireland.
The United Irishmen stood for the unification of Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter. Henry Joy McCracken and his sister Mary were very much noble and dignified people. I have visited their graves in Clifton Street and also of note is the mass graves from the famine that contain both Catholic and Protestant remains. My own family suffered during the famine and had left Armagh / Tyrone areas to head further north during that period. My Great Grandfather’s side were Irish Catholics and due his marriage to a Scottish girl who was Presbyterian, I was raised within the Presbyterian side of my family and there for, grew up with a Unionist perspective.
With all the modern day sectarian comments and claims from both side of things having never changed, the message of exactly what a united Ireland would entail, is lost in the wind.
I have read Sinn Fein's writings but in reality they are just cheap sound bites and I believe SF are not actively pursuing a UI. We keep hearing about Republican's reaching out to the non-Republican/Nationalist community and how they say we would be better off in a Ireland free from membership of the United Kingdom.
Though exactly how would we be better suited to such a new national creation? Living conditions in the UK are far better (from what we are told). Our health service is better ( no NHS jokes ), better education and better Universities. Standard of living in the UK is also greater.
A UI would require an entire remodel of our every day basics. It would be a huge task. Of course it could be done over time.
As a parent I do have concerns over the Catholic majority of schooling in the ROI. I do not like any religion having any input in a child's education. I say this as an Atheist and not due to any other reasoning. Religion needs to be kept out of education altogether.
I would like replies from yourselves on exactly why I should wish to pursue a UI and for us as a young family to support such an action. What would it entail? What does a UI really mean in terms of a modern global world? We would be exchanging the UK for the EU. Still ruled by the Capitalist masters sat in Brussels. With the future creation of a one world banking system, one currency and what I believe will be a totalitarian system in years ahead for our future generations. Is a UI even relevant to the modern world?