The nationalists deny all this. They insist that this common ground was cleared by English conquest and colonisation; so, it must be rejected utterly. Hence the remaking of the Irish Free State as the Republic, and the Irish rejection of membership of a British Commonwealth.
These changes were the work of Fianna Fail and its leader, Mr de Valera. His successor, Mr Reynolds, has made clear that Articles 2 and 3 of the Republic's constitution will only be abandoned when they become redundant. That is, when the six counties are absorbed by the Republic. Mr Plowden's hopes for a settlement are, therefore, false.
A. D. WHITE
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