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Larry Donnelly: Obama trip both personal and political

Larry Donnelly

Published 24/05/2011 | 11:59

Larry Donnelly
Larry Donnelly

President Barack Obama’s decision to visit Ireland was both personal and political, in my view.

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Watching President Mary McAleese and her husband, Martin, greet President Barack Obama and his lovely wife, Michelle, at Aras an Uachtarain, I was filled with an enormous sense of pride.

Having been born into a Boston Irish political family, with strong roots in the west of Ireland, and having spent most of my adult life in my ancestral country, the Obama visit holds a special resonance for me.

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