One of Dr. Donnelly's research interests is Northern Ireland; the politics, the people, the peace process. She is tied both personally and professionally there and has been following the implications of Brexit for the small country closely. This week's FFF focus will be on readings surrounding the Northern Irish peace process and how Brexit is impacting it.
1. The Guardian is doing particularly impressive work. This video, which is 12 minutes and a gripping 12 minutes at that, distills the issue of paramilitarism and the prospect of a hard border down to it's most impactful: the people trying to carve their daily lives.
2. The New Statesmen, back in July, declared that "Brexit is the beginning of the end for Northern Ireland" and I read many people who said that was histrionic. None of them were from Northern Ireland, where that sentiment is palpable for many.
3. The New York Times ran an op-ed on October 11, "Will Brexit Unravel the Peace in Northern Ireland". It highlights the frustration of many citizens that the ruling party, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is not publicly taking fears of going back to "the old days" very seriously. Even more frightening for many is the concern that the government of Theresa May is not engaging specifics on the issue of how Brexit will impact the only land border between the UK and the EU.
4. Matters of identity and expressions of identity are the heart of nearly every issue which faces Northern Ireland. One does not casually classify oneself there, the way you may elsewhere. To claim Irishness or Britishness or Europeanness or Northern Irishness is a political position, one often fraught with overlapping and intersecting choices. Brexit and the fears surrounding it are not making those negotiations any easier.
5. Citizen of the Republic of Ireland also report concern over the matter of Brexit and a border. This op-ed from the Guardian articulates well what I've been hearing said on social media, radio programs, and by my associates.