Category Archives: Bookshelf

The Northern Ireland Question






The reminder that sometimes there is a need to repeat well considered nationalist shibboleths and certainties was again brought to attention with the recent post on Joint Authority – resurrecting a pamphlet that hasn’t aged since first appearing in 1994.

With that in mind, this post covers a series of four books published 1991-2000, edited jointly by Patrick Roche and Brian Barton.

A United Ireland: why unification is inevitable…. Likely not.







Kevin Meagher, A United Ireland: why unification is inevitable and how it will come about  (Biteback, London, 2016)

Book Review

The only thing ‘inevitable’ about this book is its failure to persuade.

That said, Kevin Meagher has produced a thought provoking, well written, but ultimately flawed book.

The failure of A United Ireland to persuade stems from a selective use of evidence and an overreliance on implicit assumptions and counterfactuals (which often don’t hold up to even the most cursory scrutiny).

Some reading…

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