- Feb 24, 2021
Ireland’s top prelate has called on political parties in Ireland to “recognize very differing perspectives” as the island marks the centenary of partition and the establishment of Northern Ireland.
As Brexit takes effect Friday, residents on both sides of the Irish border are concerned about protecting the relative peace and prosperity after the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
Sinn Fein’s surprise January withdrawal from power-sharing ended its nearly decade-old partnership with the Democratic Unionists, forced Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster out as first minister and precipitated March 2 elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly.
If, as expected, Pope Francis extends his visit to Dublin in 2018 to Northern Ireland, it could help make the case for Irish re-unification, especially in the context of Brexit.