His father died before he was born, leaving the family with relatively modest means. Nevertheless, as a member of the Anglo-Irish ruling class, Swift received the best education Ireland could offer. During his ten years in this position, Swift took advantage of Temple's vast library to round out his education and immersed himself in the politics and opinions of this prominent intellectual.
Commenting on the "chiefly economic" benefits of EU membership, Peter Bell of the Northern Ireland Office concluded it was doubtful the EU "could play a significant political role in the Province for the time being" Bell, ; p Although economic benefits will decrease in the future, European integrationists believe it will be EU structures which help transform relationships between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The trading relationships between European members have changed radically since the introduction of the single European market in The act significantly reduced the relevance of political borders by implementing free trade.
This act is sure to increase trade between the Republic and Northern Ireland, a relationship which has been historically dismal. While the Republic has been reducing its proportion of trade with Britain in the last forty years Northern Ireland remained, until recently, heavily dependent on trade with other parts of the UK.
Kevin Boyle and Tom Hadden note that with the development of the single European market, "this picture is changing rapidly.
There is now an increasing flow of goods and of capital across the border" Boyle and Hadden, ; p In the future, further economic co-operation across the border is likely as, "considerable efforts are being made by the business community both to promote and develop these cross-border trading and organisational links and also make it clear that they are entirely independent and without any political or constitutional implications" Boyle and Hadden, ; pp David Donoghue, then a member of Ireland's Department of Foreign affairs, recognised the necessity of increased trading: It will clearly be in the interests of both economies to increase trade between the two regions and, in the long-term, to establish a more mutually beneficial economic relationship.
The ending of economic custom controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic also had the effect of removing one particular physical manifestation of the border.
The removal of customs posts and custom officers from the 'approved' border crossings changed the way people, north and south, viewed and thought of the border.
Nationalist and Unionist Reactions to EU Involvement in Northern Irish Affairs Potential economic changes have increased discussion on the possibility that all-Ireland economic developments will also lead to all-Ireland political developments.
Europe finds its most enthusiastic supporters in Ireland, North and South. This is due to a multiplicity of reasons, but certainly those who identify themselves as Irish see that the diminishing importance of the economic border may indeed have unifying political implications.
Reynolds, ; p David Donoghue predicted that, "with more and more co-operation between North and South in the European framework, and with steady progress which is being made towards the European Union, the relevance of the border in a political sense will also, in time, be diminished" Donoghue, ; p Popular Irish politician Garret FitzGerald wrote in that membership in the European Community would "likely be uniformly directed towards that path to a united Ireland" Arthur, ; p Perhaps politicians learned over time to avoid such blunt comments which were, and still are, of much concern to unionists.
The argument that the Irish pro-European status is a Trojan Horse to a united Ireland can also be diluted by those who say Europe will lead to a politics of accommodation in which both communities will find a common European identity.
Kearney claims that in a new Europe borders will cease to be important, and that, "Such a focus could help modernise nationalist politics on the island in the process, away from the traditional emphasis on border change and territorial unity towards a stress on the unity of peoples, of 'hearts and minds'" Kearney, ; Kearney is not without critics.
However, I do not believe this will happen on any broad base in Europe, nor do I think it will have any positive influence on the conflict in Northern Ireland. It is not possible to replace the British and Irish identities with a native or genuine identity [i. In this statement, Grindheim highlights the most fundamental reason for Unionist scepticism of the EU, which is the issue of identity.
There is a portion of the population which believes their British identity is threatened by the evolution of cross-border institutions.
Despite the Irish desire to build North and South structures, the extreme section of the unionist population wishes to cut off ties to the Republic. InWilliam Lafferty wrote, It is widely acknowledged that the principal goal of the loyalists in the talks that have been conducted off and on for the past several years is to weaken the little influence that the Dublin government now has through the Anglo-Irish Agreement Lafferty, ; p The Downing Street Declaration, the New Framework for Agreement, and the current all-party talks which led to Good Friday's Agreement have greatly increased Ireland's involvement in Northern Ireland's affairs, and assuredly will provoke more loyalist resentment to their involvement.
Ian Paisley opened his morning church service in Belfast praying, "Very solemnly right now we hand Mrs Thatcher over to the devil that she might not learn to blaspheme" Cooke, ; p1. It is unfair to align all unionists with the views of Ian Paisley.
His Free Presbyterian denomination is attended by only a minority of people in a society with large numbers of church attendees. But, it must be recognised that he is the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party DUPthe third largest party in Northern Ireland, and his theology of separation receives a great deal of support when converted into a distinct political philosophy.
While in Church, Paisley asserted that the EU "challenged the distinctive Christian moral standards of Northern Ireland," Arthur, ; p59 in the political sphere he claimed, "the whole aim of the community is to seek to weaken and eventually destroy [Northern Ireland's] links with the rest of the United Kingdom" Arthur, ; p The reasons for Euro-scepticism among unionists should not be over simplified.
This section of unionism is usually composed of those "who believe that the European dimension is either irrelevant or is being used to further traditional nationalist aims" Guelke, ; p It is usually this portion of the population which feels they have been poorly represented by their leaders at Westminster and that they have not seen the benefits of EU membership.
Although both the North and the South have received Objective One status, "one of the major priorities [of EU spending] is to support areas of particular social and economic need, and these are disproportionately inhabited by Catholics" Darby, ; p In the future it is possible that those who have been politically sceptical of the EU will pragmatically support economic developments by beneficial cross-border institutions.
It is the general support of the nationalist community for the EU and the sometimes extreme scepticism on the part of the unionist community which creates the possibility that EU involvement in Northern Ireland affairs will only make divisions deeper.
Jan Erik Grindheim expanded this thought by writing, we cannot be certain that the introduction of the European dimension, together with the question of self-determination and constitutional nationalism in Northern Ireland, will reduce the conflict between the two communities.
Quite the contrary, it might reinforce the old cleavages Grindheim, ; p Grindheim makes a crucial point in observing that extremists on both sides will not discriminate in their dislike of those who seek to bring change contrary to their political objectives.The long history of relationship between England and Ireland has been defining, contradictory and at times obsessive.
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