Could Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland be United? : State of the World from NPR The island of Ireland is divided into the Northern part, which is part of the UK and the independent Republic of Ireland to the south. But a political party is poised to take power in both places and it has pledged to make the border disappear.

Is a United Ireland on the Horizon?

Is a United Ireland on the Horizon?

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Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald speaks to the media outside Dublin castle following the referendum on March 9, 2024 in Dublin, Ireland. Charles McQuillan/Getty Images hide caption

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Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald speaks to the media outside Dublin castle following the referendum on March 9, 2024 in Dublin, Ireland.

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The island of Ireland is divided into the Northern part, which is part of the UK and the independent Republic of Ireland to the south. But a political party is poised to take power in both places and it has pledged to make the border disappear.