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Should there be a united Ireland? Show more Show less
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The status of Northern Ireland has been the subject of intense debate and decades of violence known as the Troubles, which started in the 1960s. Though Northern Ireland has been at peace since the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, the question of whether Northern Island should remain in the United Kingdom or join the Republic of Ireland remains a source of contention. Should there be a united Ireland?

Yes, Ireland should be united Show more Show less

All 32 counties of Ireland should be united into a single nation with no land border
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Ireland is one nation and should be one sovereign state

The people of Ireland are one nation and so Ireland should be united
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Context

The people of Ireland are one group with a shared culture and history that is clearly distinct from Britain's

The Argument

Irish culture is distinct from British culture. The people of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are culturally identical. They share the Irish language and share phrases within the English language. If sovereign states are determined by national, ethnic and cultural groups, then Ireland should be united as a single sovereign state due to its shared culture.

Counter arguments

Northern Irish unionists are a distinct cultural group. They do not speak Irish, they do not partake in most parts of Irish culture and they have a strong culture of their own with its own traditions and linguistic dialect. As a result, Ireland's people are not one nation and are in fact two.

Premises

[P1] Sovereign states are determined by cultural, national and ethnic groups. [P2] Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland share a single culture. [P3] England and Northern Ireland do not share a culture. [P4] Therefore, Ireland should be a single, united, sovereign state.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] Northern Irish Unionist do not share a culture with Irish Republicans. Therefore, they should be distinct sovereign territories.

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