James Downey: Anglo-Irish relations shall no longer dominate future
QUEEN Elizabeth's visit to Ireland did not inaugurate a new era in Anglo-Irish relations. It confirmed that the new era has been in existence for several years, although I for one would not venture an exact date.
The queen epitomises, and clearly to a large extent shares, the attitudes of the English establishment and the English people as a whole.
I write "English" deliberately, not "British". The English, in recent history anyway, have refused to regard the Irish as foreigners. They see us as much like themselves, albeit with our own odd quirks, more so than the Scots or even the Welsh.