Much has changed in the four months since voters went to the polls in the Republic, when the surge of support for Sinn Féin indicated a desire for change amid dissatisfaction with the way issues such as housing and health were being handled.
On behalf of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the largest Protestant denomination in Northern Ireland, I am appealing to members of the House of Commons and House of Lords to vote against the Abortion (Northern Ireland) No. 2 Regulations 2020 this week.
While the debate over symbols and emblems has always been a heated one across Ireland and within both the nationalist and unionist traditions, it is striking how quickly it has now moved to the top of the agenda in Britain as well.
Should we remove the statue of Queen Victoria from the front of Belfast City Hall because she ruled Ireland during the Great Famine? Indeed, should we re-name Craigavon (called after the man who said "a Protestant parliament for a Protestant people") and maybe even Belfast's Chichester Street (named after the Ulster Plantation organiser)? The questions arise from the current campaign against some statues and street names as part of global anti-racism protests.
When the health service was reconfigured to prepare for the anticipated surge in coronavirus patients, one of the key elements of this strategy was the establishment of ten Covid centres across Northern Ireland.
I don't agree with most of it but I still think Paul Gosling's book, A New Ireland, A New Union, A New Society, A Ten Year Plan (the 2nd edition has just been published) is one of the best made cases for a united Ireland.