how the ideological divisions between
Irishness and Britishness continue to be reproduced, despite the supposed
evaporation of such discursive constructions. In pinpointing the divisions
that remain and those that may reappear, this chapter argues that the
capacity exists for sectarian consciousness to spread throughout the Irish
body politic. The Irish ‘problem’ remains one of territory, given the existence of a border that acts as a social, constitutional, political and cultural
divide. However, the northern problem may become a southern reality.