“Ireland her own, and all therein, from the sod to the sky. The soil of Ireland for the people of Ireland” – James Fintan Lalor
In the mid-1800s, roughly 1 million Irish people were starved and murdered by the British Empire over the course of the Great Famine. Contrary to popular belief, the Irish did not die by the hundreds of thousands due to the blighted potato crop. In truth, the British had plenty of food to sustain themselves and the Irish people through the five years of crop failure. The Brits simply chose not to and let close to 25% of the Irish population die.
Make no mistake about it: In British eyes, the Irish have always been nothing more than slaves. The only ‘special relationship’ the Irish ever had with the United Kingdom is 500 years of unwanted lords and kings. Even today, as the Brexit deadline looms large, the discussion about what to do with the northern border remains largely out of the hands and mouths of the Irish people.
As with almost all of modern Irish politics, the future of the island nation is being decided by the British Parliament, and in the halls of Brussels. Though the media focus squarely on the economic hurdles of a hard border, the bigger question of why the British still own any of Ireland in the first place remains.