For once the Ulster Unionists are way ahead of the DUP on this one. The attitude of the Democratic Unionists is 'Dublin can do what it likes, we don't care.' They should care; they should care very much. For what is being proposed here is a disgusting assault on the position of Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom - as usual perpetrated by the nauseating Irish Government. No sooner had dear old Seanna finished his little speech, relaxing into the mode when he remembered a time when Food Glorious Food was his favourite ditty, than Bertie had intimated speaking rights for United Kingdom representatives in the Dail.
The argument put forward by republicans verges on the blindingly stupid. They claim, erroneously, that passages in the revised Constitution referring to the 'Irish nation' somehow justifies this cataclysmic breach of sovereign protocol. It does no such thing. The Transylvanian nation extends through both Hungary and Romania. That doesn't mean that the latter should have representation in the parliament of the former. The Berber nation extends from the Atlantic coast of Morocco deep into Algerian territory. Does that mean Algerian Berbers should be represented in Rabat? I don't think so.
Under international law, the term 'nation' is amorphous. It means precisely nothing. Territorial sovereignty rests purely on the basis of states, not nations. And it is the parliament of a given state which has the power to represent only those who live within its legally recognised STATE boundaries. In the case of the Irish Republic, any atlas in the world would show that the STATE boundaries encompassing the territory under the jurisdiction of Dail Eireann end at Co Louth, Co Monaghan, Co Leitrim and Co Donegal. People within that state elect members to the Dail, and the Dail in turn has the power to impose taxation upon them - two fundamental indicators of lawful government. Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom - a position which rests upon the will of its people AND the laws of the UK and international community. If the Dail became a talking shop for Northern nationalists, you would have a situation which, I believe, does not exist in any other domestic parliament in the world.
Unionists will not live under Dublin rule. The history of Ulster from 1912, or indeed 1873, should prove that. Initiating unification by stealth in order to appease the likes of Sinn Fein is a move which must be resisted by the maximum disruption of all North/South cooperation. Ulster's British people have been saying 'No!' for seventy years, and will go on saying it until the message finally sinks in.