Taoiseach believes there will be a United Ireland in his lifetime

Taoiseach believes there will be a United Ireland in his lifetime
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, © PA Archive/PA Images

The Taoiseach has said he believes there will be a united Ireland in his lifetime.

In an interview with RTÉ News at One, Leo Varadkar said that when reunification happens, there would be a million people who are British on the island.

Mr Varadkar also said some people were “reading too much” into the crowds attending a concert by The Wolfe Tones at The Electric Picnic.

“I was at Electric Picnic. I didn’t get a chance to see The Wolfe Tones or The Saw Doctors. You know I probably have a more sanguine view of this than other people. People like ballads and they like songs they can sing along to. I think some people maybe read too much into the politics of this.


"But there is one thing I would say. I believe we are on the path to unification. I believe that there will be a united Ireland in my lifetime. And in that united Ireland, there is going to be a minority.  Roughly a million people who are British.

"And you judge the success and quality of a country by te way it treats its minorities. That is something we are going to have to think about.

"Because what is a Republican ballad, a nice song to sing, easy words to learn, for some people can be deeply offensive to other people.

"Bear in mind in the Southern States for example when people sing about the confederacy and Robert E. Lee they think it is an expression of their culture and so on. That is what they say. But that is deeply offensive to the minority Black community in America.


"If we are going to unite this country and unite the people of this country a bit like Patrick Kielty says we have to think about how our words and how the songs we sing might be heard by other people."

By Olivia Kelleher

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