I consider myself a unionist, although I must admit that the idea of Northern Ireland joining the Republic doesn't really trouble me all that much. Most of the hardline unionist firebrands seem to espouse this moral
opposition to the concept, but that honestly doesn't seem like a reasonable complaint.
As noted above, the economic and social circumstances at present aren't really conducive to unification.
The last best opportunity for uniting Ireland was in 1985.
Maybe some day, but not 'til the people vote to do so by a clear majority, and even then it's only a possibility.
If I have read it correctly, the Belfast Agreement 1998 requires a plurality of both unionists and nationalists to vote in favour of uniting Ireland for it to become possible. As you say, it's presently a bit of a cold day in hell situation.
edited 19th May '11 3:44:05 PM by TheGloomer