Northern Ireland has finally put an end to a two-year impasse, paving the way for the revival of a century-old conflict. On the first Saturday of February, Michelle O’Neill from the nationalist Sinn Féin party was sworn in as the new head of government in Northern Ireland. Sinn Féin is a party that advocates for Irish reunification and was once the political arm of the terrorist group IRA. Although Sinn Féin received the most votes in the May 2022 election, they were unable to form a government due to opposition from unionist parties.
However, an agreement has been reached, leading to a transfer of £3 billion from the British government to public services in Northern Ireland. With O’Neill at the helm of the new government, a nationalist holds the top position in the Northern Irish Executive for the first time since Ireland’s partition in 1921. A recent CNBC report shed light on O’Neill’s family background, which reflects her ties with Sinn Féin and the IRA. Her father was a member of IRA and later became a councilor for Sinn Féin, while her cousin was killed by UK Special Air Service (SAS) in 1991.
McDonald has expressed his desire to hold a referendum on Irish reunification within ten years. He believes that reunification is crucial for Ireland’s economy, society, and politics and would allow it to play an important role on a global stage. However, both Britain and unionist allies are opposed to this idea. They believe that attention should be focused on day-to-day issues rather than constitutional issues.
In conclusion, Northern Ireland has finally come out of its impasse, paving