Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

20.11 12 Feb 2020


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Line of Duty actor Adrian Dunbar says he thinks the changing political landscape in Ireland is a positive thing for the country.

The Northern Irish actor joined Ivan Yates on The Hard Shoulder to discuss Irish politics, Line of Duty and the new series of his Virgin Media One show Blood.

Speaking about the current political situation in Ireland following the weekend's election, Adrian told Ivan: "Times are changing - the big word is change all over the place.

"The need for change across Europe has been happening... for the last 15 years. Ireland has just done its bit, if you like: people have decided they wanted a change.

"I think the working classes in particular have moved towards looking for a change... the working-class support for the two major parties appears to have drifted away to the left.

"I think it's a positive thing for Ireland: I think the two main parties will have to realign themselves and have to look at themselves. It will be interesting to see if the left can coalesce... I really hope they can."

He also observed: "Inviting people into government has a civilising effect on all the parties... it should have.

"[Sinn Féin has] a programme for government, and if they can get the Greens and the Social Democrats and so forth to join them, it will be interesting to see if they can form a minority government.

"Will they get a budget through? Will they be able to pass anything through the Dáil? Could we find ourselves going back to the people again?"

Elsewhere, Adrian said they'll begin filming the new season of Line of Duty next week - and he expects it to be broadcast later this year.

He's also hoping to star in a play at The Gate theatre in Dublin later in the year, while Blood season two starts broadcasting on Monday 24th February.

Speaking about Line of Duty, he said: "It's fantastic - we shoot it in Belfast, which is my home city, and I love working in Belfast as I love working in Dublin as well."


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