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Eoghan Harris: FitzGerald always acted with good authority

Published 22/05/2011 | 05:00

Garret FitzGerald famously wore odd socks. On one occasion he wore odd shoes. His mind was on more important matters. Like making a permanent peace between the two traditions on this island -- which is a lot harder than making peace with England.

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We have long liked England. We only needed permission to say so publicly. And the main achievement of the Queen's visit is that from now on we are free to speak of our friendly feelings for England and English people.

Tomas Mac Anna, former artistic director of the Abbey Theatre, who died last week, was what I call a real republican. As such he would have viewed the Queen's visit both as redemptive political theatre as well as a perfect example of Bertolt Brecht's theatrical theory of "making strange".

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