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Voting in NI

I was just watching the competition streamed from Irish television, for choosing Ireland's 2011 Eurovision entry. (It'll probably be another hour until voting's done.)

The most interesting thing about the songs recap was that it included instructions on how people in Northern Ireland could vote. That's a different country. Surely, they should be voting for the UK's entry, not Ireland's. Do they get to double-vote there?

P.S. Strongest entry won, squeaking victory by a smidgen over the other strongest entry: Jedward will be in the Eurovision semi-finals.

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clanwilliam
Feb. 12th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
a) It's not Eire unless we're talking in Irish.

b) Ireland had a referendum quite a few years ago abolishing articles 2 and 3 of the constitution which claimed Northern Ireland. At the same time, Northern Ireland had a vote on the Belfast Agreement.

It was a painful choice for a lot of people, even those who felt that the claim was completely ridiculous - nonetheless, there was a 94% vote in favour of abolishing the claim. Similarly, I know people in Northern Ireland who wanted the Belfast Agreement to go through even though it was against everything they'd been brought up to believe - they either voted yes or abstained (including my sibling's in-laws, who couldn't bring themselves to vote "yes" but refused to vote "no") and the vote went through with 71% in favour. A huge swing, considering the political breakdown in NI.

In turn, people from Northern Ireland were able to claim citizenship of both the UK and Ireland and the UK undertook to treat Irish people living in the UK exactly the same as if they were UK citizens (which was pretty much the case anyway - I already had a parliamentary vote in the UK due to the reciprocal agreement, this merely solidified the agreement.

Ireland most definitely recognises Northern Ireland as part of the UK and has done so for well over a decade officially. Practically, it has done so since the late 1920s at the very least.