Questions about Northern Ireland and Ireland
I just have some questions about the situation in Northern Ireland:
1) Does the Republic of Ireland support re-unification with Northern Ireland?
2) The British and Irish governments have talked in the past about "majority consent" as to whether Northern Ireland is British or Irish. Why havn't they held a referendum to decide this? They could make it 51% or over, and have a vote on it, wouldn't that solve the situation?
3) They have had all these agreements, and attempts to have multi-party multi-faith governments, but I guess this hasn't worked due to some boycotts. What is the likelihood of Northern Ireland separating from Great Britain? Does Great Britain hold on to Northern Ireland only because of the strong lobby group by Protestants or "Loyalists" who want to stay with Great Britain?
Thank you to anyone who helps clear this up for me. I came across a documentary about the violence and history of Northern Ireland, which got me even more curious and got me to think of these questions, which I have been unable to answer.