not the result of hysteria
I'm glad you do not approve of all the hysterical ballyhoo the "total opposition" is serving up and claiming that shoutng, insulting, pushing, shoving and sabotaging the parliamnetrary process, etc. is "democracy".
On another score, over the ages where there any ethnic Irish (not Ulster Scots-Irish) who actually supported the British side of the age-old conflict? Did any do it as a heart-felt conviction or did it serve their personal interests?
We have a similar situation in Poland. After six years of German occupation and 45 years of Soviet domination via PRL proxy, like those much-reviled pro-British Irish Poland too has its faction that curry favour with foreign interest groups and look to Berlin, Brussels and Paris for guidance and snitchery. Then there is to pro-Polish government which promotes Polish interests first, last and always -- an attitude all but identical to that of the patriotic Free Irish towards their homeland. Which side are you on, Atch?