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O Cuiv 'amused' over questions about Dev

Published 19/05/2011 | 05:00

FORMER minister Eamon O Cuiv last night joked people are more interested in what his grandfather and Fianna Fail founder Eamon de Valera would think of Queen Elizabeth's historic visit than his own views.

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"I find it a little bit amusing because I was a cabinet minister for 13 years and have developed close ties with the unionist community and still nobody has asked my opinion," he said.

"Obviously I can't say what Eamon de Valera thinks or whether he would be happy -- that would be speculation.

But, he added: "He always sought to remove barriers between Ireland and Britain."

The Galway West TD said one event signified the two nations' change in attitudes.

"Not only did the queen lay a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance but she bowed her head," he said.

Irish Independent

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