Ireland's 'special Brexit case' will need a very hard sell
When France's President Francois Hollande called on the Taoiseach in July, he had no problem acknowledging Ireland had specific problems about Brexit.
"I do recognise there is a special situation here for Ireland. It's a special situation and it has to be found a special place in the negotiations," he said.
It is worth taking at face value - but also has to be seen in context. It is also worth weighing against initial reactions from several EU capitals to British Prime Minister Theresa May's declaration that immigration control trumps single market access, as Brexit negotiations open next spring.