Sunday 28 May 2017

No more inferiority complex - Ireland must forge new place in Europe

Taoiseach Enda Kenny must try to stay in with the black sheep Britain while simultaneously reassuring the rest of the EU family that he’s on board with their plans. Photo: Tom Burke
Taoiseach Enda Kenny must try to stay in with the black sheep Britain while simultaneously reassuring the rest of the EU family that he’s on board with their plans. Photo: Tom Burke
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

'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.

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