Wednesday 1 March 2017

The symbiotic bond that ties two nations

Many British prime ministers have been profoundly influenced by Irish affairs, says John-Paul McCarthy

OLIVER MacDonagh -- the great biographer of Daniel O'Connell -- always held to the view that Ireland and Britain were joined together like Siamese twins, resentful when yoked together, but also palpably diminished when sundered.

RTE's evocative profile of Brendan Bracken brought this image to mind as they asked viewers to think about the hidden Irish Ariadne's thread that ran through Churchill's career in the Thirties and during The Finest Hour years after 1940.

The programme made a bit too much at times about the fact that Churchill became unusually close to Bracken, who was the son of a Fenian and GAA fanatic.

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