Or so it seems:
"People in the Republic feel better off than those in Northern Ireland and live longer, a new study says.
A paper being presented to a health conference on Friday examines health and lifestyle surveys in the two areas.
It said that 90% in the Republic rated their quality of life as 'very good' or 'good', compared with 86% in NI. "
People in the south are richer, happier, healthier – what possible reasons can unionists think up to justify their obsession with Britain?