6. Dec, 2017


Only 49 percent of voters in the Republic of Ireland support a United Ireland. Even if Northern Ireland votes for a United Ireland it is by no means certain that the Republic will agree. There is great concern about the cost of replacing the UK’s £10 billion subsidy, replicating the U.K. NHS, social services and education and huge number of public sector jobs and pensions. In addition, it would alter the politics of the Republic adding large numbers of Unionist voters who don’t want to be in the Republic at all and enough Sinn Fein voters to significantly increase Sinn Féin’s strength in the Dail.

A new poll has found just under half of the Republic's voters want a united Ireland.