Unionism in Ireland


Unionism in Ireland is a political ideology that favours the continuation of some form of political union between the islands of Ireland and Great Britain.

Great Britain, also known as Britain, is a large island in the north Atlantic Ocean off the north-west coast of continental Europe.

A political union is a type of state which is composed of or created out of smaller states.

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Since the partition of Ireland, unionism in Ireland has focused on maintaining and preserving the place of Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom or Britain, is a sovereign country in western Europe.

The partition of Ireland was the division of the island of Ireland into two distinct jurisdictions, Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland.

Northern Ireland is a top-level constituent unit of the United Kingdom in the northeast of Ireland.

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In this context, a distinction may be made between the unionism in the province of Ulster and unionism elsewhere in Ireland.


Today in Northern Ireland, unionist ideology is expressed in a number of ways: voting for political candidates who espouse unionism, participation in unionist culture, and preferences for particular newspapers or sports teams.


Irish nationalism is opposed to the ideology of unionism.


Most unionists come from Protestant backgrounds; most nationalists come from a Roman Catholic background.


Exceptions to these generalisations exist: there are Protestant nationalists and there are Catholic unionists.

Catholic unionist is a term historically used for a Roman Catholic in Ireland who supported the Union which formed the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and subsequently used to describe Roman Catholics who support the Union between Northern Ireland and Great Britain or who supports the Republic of Ireland rejoining the United Kingdom.

Protestant Irish nationalists refers to adherents of Protestantism in Ireland who also support Irish nationalism.

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