Re: How do you achieve a United Ireland?
I suspect a united Ireland is actively being worked towards but in true vaticanese style it isn't the one most people in Ireland would have envisaged.
The language is the same but the intent is that the south should be in closer union with the UK and not the north be in closer union with the south.
We'll soon be seeing the messaging around that- probably ramped up after 2014 Scottish Referendum and intensifying ahead of the 2016 centenary in the 'republic'.
I've already seen some shills suggesting that a 'united Ireland' could be achieved by taking the whole of Ireland into the Union or Commonwealth. People like Harris and Ruth Deadly Upwards will be working towards that line shortly.
Economic factors as always are involved. Notice the recent suggestion that windfarms be placed in the Bog of Allen for sale to the UK grid (bypassing the Irish grid, perchance?).
We've recently seen the connector to the UK grid revamped. As part of the reconciliation process out of the GFA I noticed we seem to have a fair drift of Northern Ireland appointees to southern quangos in the border areas and further south.
Apart from the sudden rash of figurehead visits including the next one up with the latest photogenic couple from the royal family already invited for a parade around Ireland in order to interest the ladies and soften the mammies....
Some in the Irish establishment and the UK political establishment are working towards a United Ireland alright- but definitely not a sovereign and self-governing state.
Think National. Act Local. Oh- and superstition is just the dark matter of human history.