posted on Aug, 25 2010 @ 03:57 AM
reply to post by happydays26
Mate, to be honest and without any shred of bigotry, I would not be a fan of the North being 'given' back to the Republic.
I'm from just outside Belfast, and increasingly Northern Ireland has valued it's identity as a separate place.
Since finishing Uni and coming back to N.I., I worked for an Architect & Building Surveyors in Belfast and was involved in the start of the
re-generation of the 'Titanic Quarter'. The various meetings and awards we went to had an underlying theme of 'Northern Irish Identity'. We are
proud of that identity and it is one which is continually beeing built upon.
If we became amalgamated with the Republic, that identity would be stripped from us, not to mention we would be part of the Euro. I don't see that as
a positive thing. The Euro isn't as strong as the Pound - it would affect trade in and out of the island and may be of detriment to small businesses,
which are being actively encouraged.
My opinion, again, is without any shred of bigotry and is absolutely NOT based on religion. I have so many great friends who are Catholic and I value
their friendship. I see past the religion to the person and past the person to the soul.
I think of myself as an Ulsterman first and foremost, Northern Irish second and British as third.
Now living in Newcastle upon Tyne in England, I look forward to the short flight back home to all of what makes Northern Ireland, Nothern Ireland and
apart from the violence, I wouldn't change it for the world.
'Giving back' N.I. to the Republic would be like 'giving' back South Africa to North Africa, ALL the countries in Europe to be amalgamated or
North and South America to be made to be together - I can't see them being happy about that, could you?