#Ulster Border

UlsterBorder Seventeen

Locals cross the border between #Donegal in the Republic and #Fermanagh in Northern Ireland daily. Both counties are rural and both part of #Ulster. Since the #PeaceAgreement in 1998, a united Ireland needs a majority of citizens in both jurisdictions to vote for an end to partition. It is in the hands of all those who live on the island of Ireland and does not depend on the UK government. Reassured citizens on both sides of the UK-IRISH border found it easy to resume criss-crossing community life on the border for work, for shopping, for social life. The border no longer marked a boundary between the opposite poles of British and Irish where:

British=Industrialisation,Imperialism Landowner, Protestant

Irish=Rural, Oppressed, Peasant and Catholic

Since #Brexit, do those binary equations with their echoes of revenge, collaboration and violence fit the diversity of the #UlsterBorder today?

“Two buckets were easier carried than one. / I grew up in between”. Seamus Heaney spoke of the polarisation of industrialised versus rural in Ulster, but city life and rural life are interconnected now more than ever.

Living on the #Ulsterborder, a non-binary identity in rural buckets or choice of city would be easier to carry by those who identify British, Irish, European as changing interconnected identities.Can we reassess the legacy of the past with its call to violence and move on? Since #Brexit, Norherni remains in the single market for goods and continues to operate under EU custom rules. Is #Article16 which puts customs controls at Larne and Belfast sustainable?  Can we find a place in between?

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