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Poll finds jump in support for a united Ireland in the Republic

Moving along the border between Killea, Co Donegal, towards Derry. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

SUPPORT in the Republic for a united Ireland has increased, a poll has suggested.

Six out of 10 people surveyed said they wanted a single Irish state, even if it costs taxpayers an extra €9 billion a year.

The Ireland Thinks poll on behalf of the Irish Daily Mail found that 60 cent of 1,144 respondents were in favour of a united Ireland, up from 50 per cent in a similar survey in March.

People aged between 25 and 44 were most likely to support unification.

The results come after a series of clashes between the Irish and British governments and unionists over the future of the border following Brexit.

A separate poll published in October found that a third of people in Northern Ireland would vote for Irish unity if there was a referendum.

But the same LucidTalk Tracker Poll also found that a majority wanted a border poll, with nearly half believing it should happen within the next five years.

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