So it comes as no surprise that Fianna Fáil Minister of State at the Department of Finance Martin Mansergh said there was no stomach among mainstream parties south of the border for ending partition.
"The Republic is engaged in a major struggle to maintain, within the EU and indeed the euro zone, its economic viability and sovereignty"
"It is hardly the moment to press claims to the north which we have renounced"
Fianna Fáil may have declared the 26 counties a Republic but it is not the "Republic" as proclaimed by the leaders of 1916.
According to the Fianna Fáil website
"Fianna Fáil adheres to the great democratic principle of government of the people, by the people and for the people. The party’s name incorporates the words ‘The Republican Party’ in its title. Republican here stands both for the unity of the island and a commitment to the historic principles of European republican philosophy, namely liberty, equality and fraternity"
So according to this the entire raison d'etre of Fianna Fáil calling themselves "The Republian Party" is for the unity of the island.
In light of this revelation by Mansergh perhaps the time has come for the Solidiers of Destiny to drop their title of Republicanism.