Originally Posted by KournikovaFan91
A - 2016-2022 will have a series of 100 year anniversaries, in the past anniversaries have seen spurts in Republicanism
B - Most Irish people in a recent poll still identify as Republican
C - East and West Germany were also thought to be too different, same with the 2 Korea's, however why should they not also reunify. As I said Dublin and Cork don't have the same culture so why should Dublin and Belfast.
Its typical for people from the far South to dismiss Irish unity, because well it doesn't suit them but in border counties notably Louth and Donegal its still some what present.
The fact Irish people will actually roll over on this issue is a representation of how they roll over on anything and are the most passive and apathetic people in Europe if not possibly the world.
The other issues that you mention Irish people clearly don't care about either or they'd engage in actual social mobilisation such as mass protests.
People here are so lazy
1) Spurts in republicanism? More like a few people suddenly latching onto some sentimental fad, before something more zeitgeisty comes along.
2) Like how most Irish people still consider themselves Catholic...
3) But why should they re-unite? It's been nearly 100 years, and people in the Republic are more disinterested in the issue than ever. There is more to lose than to gain. As I've said, trying to reassimilate the two regions back together again would prove extremely tricky; There is still a distinct resentment in Irish culture for British culture, and so why tip the balance? And I hardly think the North Korea/South Korea situation is in any way comparable.
People just aren't interested anymore. It's as simple as that.
And like you said, if Irish people aren't willing to engage in mass protests (even though there have been an increase in the amount of large-scale protests across Dublin city since 2008) over things that actually impact upon their day-to-day lives, then they're hardly going to rally for something like this.