How Britain gave generations of Irish room to shake, rattle and roll
Published 09/04/2014 | 02:30
I am writing this from a small cafe just opposite the Old Bailey. For many Irishmen of my vintage, the Old Bailey is synonymous with IRA terrorists as well as innocent Irish people stitched up for crimes they didn't commit. In my head, the Old Bailey reminds me of the 1970s and 1980s, a time when relations between Ireland and England were at their most strained.
Today here in London our President is meeting Queen Elizabeth II. Times have changed.
But what doesn't change is the people. Irish and English and Scottish people have always been intertwined. We are victims of geography as much as history, and our destinies are interdependent.