Below is a fascinating piece on the impact of partition on County Donegal (Tir Connaill), which I’ve taken from the 1916 Societies site. I’ve altered the title, corrected some typos and tenses etc, changed ‘Northern Ireland’ to six counties, and added some subheads, but the overall text has not been changed.
I don’t agree that simply unifying the six-county state and the 26-county state would solve much, because the national question is inseparable from the socio-economic system of capitalism. (I know Finnian is not a supporter of capitalism, either!) The solution to the national question isn’t the merger of the existing states, as the Shinners suggest, but the solution on the national, social and economic issues through the establishment of an all-Ireland workers’ republic.
Also, none of the major parties, North and South, really want an end to partition. Sinn Fein would argue it really does, but so far they seem happy enough helping manage partition.
In my view, only the mobilisation of the mass of the Irish people can end partition and the masses can’t be mobilised unless they are convinced the result will be something better – which is also why the national question and the class question are completely interlinked.
by Finnian O Domhnaill
As a child growing up in 90s Ireland in Tir Connaill/Donegal, I was raised on the fringes of the conflict that went on in the North, never knowing it’s full effects and only seeing TV news or glancing at papers my father and mother were reading. On school trips we would rarely go into Derry and when we did, I noticed a slow down of the traffic. I soon realised we had reached the border, being checked by cameras on the road to be searched for bombs or guns. Being looked over by men in army gear and unfamiliar police uniforms.
As the years went by, adolescence beckoned with its insecurities, pimples and female fascinations. I found my peers and I were referred to as the “post-conflict generation”. A generation of peace and reconciliation, a term that would become a favourite of the Northern Executive. A generation of change, prosperity and a new outlook in the North and South of Ireland. But surely the older generation were to know that the past would soon creep up and rear its ugly head again. Unbeknownst to some of us was that the effect of partition was still looming over Read the rest of this entry →