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Yes Happy St Patrick’s Day to one and all, Wales may have the sorest heads this morning and our Scottish friends almost stole some of our Grand Slam thunder, d begrudge it.and I don’t think anyone in Wales, but  today  belongs to the Irish throughout the world .

Ireland is of course finding itself linked to Brexit like no other , and it has led to the possibility of a United Ireland  within our lifetime.

To achieve this I hope that those in Ireland will forgive me for making a suggestion , which could see Ulster (rather than Northern Ireland) fit into the Irish Republic.

It is simply to devolve power to the traditional Irish provinces and create assemblies and offer “Ulster” perhaps restored in full.

Ulster (coloured), showing Northern Ireland in orange and the Republic of Ireland part in green

Together with Connaght, Leinster and Munster (perhaps Dublin may also join) the people of what is now Northern Ireland could be assured that their unique identity will not end with the Ireland being united.

I have always wondered if there was a progressive, non-sectarian party in Northern Ireland which argued  for a Ulster autonomy , whether  they would be accepted  by the European Free Alliance and join Plaid Cymru , SNP and Mebyon Kernow in their ranks  

The European Free Alliance (EFA) is a European political party that consists of various regionalist[2][3] political parties in Europe. Members parties advocate either for full political independence and sovereignty, or some form of devolution or self-governance for their country or region.] The alliance has generally limited its membership to progressive parties;]therefore, only a fraction of European regionalist parties are members of the EFA.

My old Tutor John Davies (John Bwlchllan,) would tease Irish friends buy arguing that just as the reason Great Britain was an island  was no argument  for it being united , the same also applied to the island of Ireland.

But hopefully as Bwlchllan, actually hoped a United Ireland will happen in the future and if all sides accept a Ulster with an assembly , the centuries of mistrust and hatred will come to end.