Enda Kenny: Royal visit will be seen around world as symbol of reconciliation
WHEN Queen Elizabeth II steps upon Irish soil today a new chapter in Irish-British relations will begin. That step will be both significant and historic.
It will be significant in that it will mark the excellent relationship that has developed between our two sovereign states, based on mutual respect, on partnership and on friendship. It will be historic in that it will be the first visit by a British monarch to the Irish State. In effect it is history in the making.
The state visit of Queen Elizabeth is symbolic of how far relations between Britain and Ireland have come, the depth of our mutual understanding of each other and the warmth with which that relationship is now expressed.