Talk:British Isles

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Former good article British Isles was one of the Geography and places good articles, but it has been removed from the list. There are suggestions below for improving the article to meet the good article criteria. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
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  • Clarke, Donald (9 January 2016). "Saoirse Ronan being claimed by the UK not 'a compliment'". The Irish Times. Suchet followed these remarks with a patronising tweet featuring a link to the Wikipedia article on the British Isles. We do not know if he read as far as the following paragraph: “The term British Isles is controversial in Ireland, where there are objections to its usage due to the association of the word British.”  (details)


Where is the Republic of Ireland?[edit]

Republic of Ireland is a description of the state that has jurisdiction over 26 of the counties of the island of Ireland. It is not the name of that state. The name of the state is "Éire, or in the English language Ireland". 2602:301:77C6:8E80:494:634B:298E:AA96 (talk) 06:46, 13 January 2016 (UTC)

Agree with you, but this has been done to death in the past and there is no consensus to change the name. We should use Ireland ----Snowded TALK 08:52, 13 January 2016 (UTC)
I also agree, but this is not the place to discuss it. The right place used to be (still useful as a reference) Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Ireland-related articles/Ireland disambiguation task force and is now WP:IECOLL / WT:IECOLL. WaggersTALK 13:56, 13 January 2016 (UTC)
Ireland is an island split between two countries. To use the word "Ireland" for the republic, formerly "Southern Ireland" is misleading. I know that the former term is preferred by those who aspire to join the island into a single country but until then, it is incorrect. The "Republic of Ireland" or "Eire" is more accurate in discerning between the actual nations. Acorn897 (talk) 19:15, 17 May 2016 (UTC)
It's not more accurate, Ireland is indeed the official English name of the state. It is however clearer when we're talking in an article about Ireland (as an island) and Ireland (as a state) and they're not synonymous. See WP:IMOS. Canterbury Tail talk 19:50, 17 May 2016 (UTC)

British Isles vs British Islands[edit]

I think the difference between British Isles and British Islands should be made much more prominent, in the lede and also as a disambig "not to be confused with" note. Right now the difference is subtly implied in an image and it's left as an exercise for the reader in the "See also" section. (talk) 15:40, 7 July 2016 (UTC)

I think it is OK left in the see also, as a rarely used term it certainly doesnt merit a mention in the lead. MilborneOne (talk) 18:34, 7 July 2016 (UTC)

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'British Island' term not recognised by Ireland[edit]

Ireland dose not recognise this term please note this in your opening paragraph explaining the Irish Governments official stand Irish Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern said "The British Isles is not an officially recognised term in any legal or inter-governmental sense. It is without any official status. The Government, including the Department of Foreign Affairs, does not use this term."[42][43] Please also cite page to provide readers a comprehensive knowledge of this term — Preceding unsigned comment added by Scamallach (talkcontribs) 23:35, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

If you read all of the article's lede you will see that the information you requested already has a paragraph all to itself. Bazza (talk) 13:07, 9 March 2017 (UTC)

I doubt if the opinion of a government is relevant to an article on geography. Dimadick (talk) 18:48, 8 March 2017 (UTC)

The term 'British Isles' is not geographic, its political - that's what drives Irish opposition to its use. Fergananim (talk) 17:33, 9 March 2017 (UTC)

Except it's not: it's a geographical term that has been co-opted for parochial political purposes. Wikipedia isn't that battleground. Acroterion (talk) 17:51, 9 March 2017 (UTC)
Agree in its entirety. Geography not politics. Mabuska (talk) 18:04, 9 March 2017 (UTC)