The other points about the North and McAleese’s use of the term plantation, is that the settlers in the north had a huge amount in common with the indigenous Irish, being from the neighbouring island. This still did not prevent 300 odd years of continual conflict. What Varadkar, Coveney, Flanagan etc. are up to should be called out as downright irresponsible, with long term consequences long after Leo’s ambitions and dreams are realised.
Parties in the south (not just Sinn Fein) are supposedly working towards a united Ireland. The minority of Protestants in the top right hand corner of Ireland are already deeply suspicious of being genocided and overrun by another culture. They look at the Republic today and say to themselves, no thanks, we’re not signing up to that. This multi cultural melee is one sure fire way of setting back the chances of a genuine and peaceful united Ireland perhaps forever.