Could Irish history offer answers in the Scottish independence debate?

Article by Stephen Walker to accompany radio package for BBC Northern Ireland about the implications for British-Irish relations of an independence move by Scotland


In Dublin, there is nervousness about how Scottish independence could change Anglo-Irish relations. Former diplomat Eamon Delaney, who worked in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, said a break-up of the Union could undermine the Good Friday Agreement of 1998.

“That agreement, bedded down, will now be kind of rocked or challenged by the desire of Scotland to break away from the mothership and to create its own independence and it will call into question the durability of the Irish relationship with the UK,” Mr Delaney warned.