Because N.I. wasn’t being removed from Europe against the will of the majority by Brexit
And there we have nationalism summed up, why worry about others dividing us when we have that attitude…FFS.
For those not completely brain dead there are a large body of people the Republic will have to entice and encourage to become part of a United Ireland one day. Being a more forward looking open minded society will be one of the main ways.
MEPs are pointless, and even if it was just a gesture, the idea of an MEP representing the voices of people from the North even if it is just symbolic would show the people of the south care somewhat about the large number of people in Northern Ireland (both nationalist and unionist) who are being ignored by the DUP/Tories.
Like i say dont know much about Durkan but he cant be much worse than the empty suits we normally send.