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Alison O'Connor: This is no time for protest -- let's embrace a rare chance to shine

Alison O'Connor

Published 07/05/2011 | 05:00

Britain's Queen Elizabeth makes her first state visit to Ireland this month
Britain's Queen Elizabeth makes her first state visit to Ireland this month

If good things come in threes, then we might be in for a bumper month of May. It could well mark the start of a run of sorely needed good luck for Ireland. Just imagine, Jedward kicking it all off with a Eurovision win and the upward trajectory continuing with the visits of Queen Elizabeth and US President Barack Obama.

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Whatever about the rather dubious honour of the first, the latter two events do not just have the possibility of being good for Ireland, but in combination could present a spectacular opportunity for us.

Our international reputation is in such tatters it's hard to imagine how we might even begin to turn it around. All the world has heard of us for the past few years is of how spectacularly we crashed and burned.

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