The island of Ireland, yes the one which could be united one way or another by 2050, will have a population heading towards 10 million. The economic, social and infrastructural conversations over the next few years must be framed within the notion of “Planning for 10 million”. It works as a slogan. It is easy to grasp and, in the transition to a united island, it has more transcendent and imaginative breadth than a simple and divisive sectarian headcount. In fact, even if the electorates rejected the idea, we’d still have to plan for 10 million.
Ireland 2040 half a million migrants is on the runway to being achieved. Early
Really, what McWilliams is signalling here is that the next milestone is the population of 10 million in a United Ireland by 2050. Whether or not Paddy and William agree to it.
This mirrors the research in the UK where the Brits will be a minority in their own country by 2066.
McWilliams is effectively signposting to the plebs who take interest in these developments, that the Irish will be a minority in Ireland by 2050.
McWilliams goes into this in more detail in his recent podcast. He has a sidekick who plays the straight man idiot routine, Sideshow Bob guffaws at the suggestion that there are more migrants in Ireland now than there are Unionists, how to endear oneself north of the border eh. Soon there will be double the migrants to the Unionist population.
All of this will be resolved amicably somehow, despite the lessons of history suggesting otherwise, and a further 1.9 million migrants will arrive from this point onwards to bring the Irish to this Globalist calamity, by hook or by crook.
Given their success with run rates for the Ireland 2040 dictate, in a few short years, sure why wait till 2050. Won’t 2047 be the bicentenary of Black '47.
Migrants will be a key driving force of the new population, projected to rise to 19.7 per cent by 2051 according to the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council – that means roughly one in five people. In the North, lower immigration will take the foreign-born share of the population up from about 7 per cent today to about 9.3 per cent by 2045. This implies that by 2050, about 1.87 million (17.8 per cent) of the all-island population will be foreign-born. Ethnically, if we include the second- and third-generation immigrants – the Irish-born children of immigrants in the country today and in recent decades – this figure obviously rises. We will see a multi-ethnic island in the decades ahead, an island where concepts of “Irishness” will be more fluid than we are used to.
To put this in the rather blunt context of the island’s identity politics, there are already more immigrants on the island than there are unionists. In a few decades, there’ll be twice as many. We can’t presume to know their view on a united Ireland.