Wednesday 7 December 2016

Reminder of troubled past must not block path to brighter future

Published 10/04/2014 | 02:30

President Michael D Higgins in conversation with Queen Elizabeth before the historic state banquet in Windsor Castle.
President Michael D Higgins in conversation with Queen Elizabeth before the historic state banquet in Windsor Castle.
Norman Tebbit was 'badly hurt' by the Troubles, says Martin McGuinness

If the sound of lips puckering for an embrace has carried on the wind across the Irish Sea this week, it's because Britain and Ireland are busy kissing and making up.

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From centuries of bad blood to four days of red carpet treatment. From mutual fear and mistrust to Tricolours and Union Jacks fluttering side by side. From armed conflict to olive branches.

Led by their dedicated and astute monarch (a woman who out-charmed the Irish on our own turf three years ago), the British are showing a genuine desire for reconciliation with Ireland.

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