No more inferiority complex - Ireland must forge new place in Europe
'Geography has made us neighbours. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder."
It could have been written about Ireland and Britain but that quote is in fact taken from an address by US President John F Kennedy to the Canadian Parliament in May 1961.
Within months though, Washington and Ottawa were at loggerheads over the Cuban Missile Crisis, proving that in politics rhetoric is often quickly expunged by reality.