Originally Posted by dlofnep
The name of the state is Éire/Ireland. Republicans view Ireland as a single nation, comprising of the entire Island, as does the constitution of this Republic. So, to use colloquial terms which highlight that the Island is partitioned is perfectly acceptable and is used by many politicians in Ireland outside of Sinn Féin who often use the phrase 'the north of the country'.
You're going to have to get over your hang-up on such trivial bollocks such as terms like 'the south/the north/6 counties/' etc... It comes across as petty.
I am not terribly sure who has the hangup; as Sinn Fein has traditionally (SF4 and 5) ignored the legitimacy of the Dail and has considered both the civil authorities and armed forces of Ireland to be legitimate targets for their armed wing. When a party has, from pragmatic reasons, held its nose to enter your parliament, it is not surprising when people attribute their apparently sloppy engagement with the legal definitions of the states within which they reside, as a very deliberate, and possibly sinister symbolic gesture.
The Troubles have taught the island of Ireland to forgive and forget.
Perhaps forgive is the wrong word for former paramilitary members and were tainted at the very least, by association, but we can at least tolerate.
Forgetting members of the Old Guard such as McGunniess would also be a step forward, not least for SF itself; who are still in the eyes of many the inheritors of a bloody legacy.