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A man walks his dog past graffiti calling for people to wash their hands, in Belfast A man walks his dog past graffiti calling for people to wash their hands in Belfast, Northern Ireland, March 30, 2020 (AP photo by Peter Morrison).

Will Ireland and the U.K.’s Divided Responses to COVID-19 Fuel Irish Unification?

Thursday, May 7, 2020

DUBLIN—On the first Saturday in March, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancée, Carrie Symonds, could be found standing among an 81,000-strong crowd at a stadium in Twickenham, just west of London. There, they watched England play Wales at rugby, shook many an unwashed hand and joined heartily in celebrations as England narrowly bested its rival.

But here in Dublin, Ireland’s normally bustling capital, the rugby field was empty that day. That was because the government had cancelled Ireland’s scheduled match with Italy as one of its first precautions against the spread of the novel coronavirus. ...

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