Thursday 8 December 2016

Hollande's hand of friendship is very welcome but we should be wary too

Published 23/07/2016 | 02:30

Special case: Enda Kenny and Francois Hollande. Picture: Frank McGrath
Special case: Enda Kenny and Francois Hollande. Picture: Frank McGrath

Not since Thierry Henry handled that ball has a Frenchman dominated so much headline space in Ireland.

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The hand of friendship offered by Francois Hollande during his visit to Dublin this week was exactly the tonic Taoiseach Enda Kenny needed after a tough few weeks that hadn't been helped by his old friend, Angela Merkel. But while very welcome, we should also be wary about the French President's entente cordiale.

There is little doubt that the Government will be able to use his public description of Ireland as a "special situation" to leverage more support across Europe.

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