Tuesday 6 December 2016

Some good friends for hard road ahead

Published 25/05/2011 | 05:00

OVER the past 10 days Ireland put on a happy face. The frown frozen in place disappeared as we welcomed two of the most esteemed visitors ever to visit our shores.

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Queen Elizabeth and President Obama reminded us that we have powerful and enduring friends with shared interests. To their credit, both left in their wake a feeling of optimism. We should not look upon the last few transformative days as a rare respite from the significant challenges we face, but as a reminder of our strengths.

President McAleese's total assurance played a significant part in ensuring that Ireland showcased so well to the world in its hosting of our distinguished guests. The President made bridge building the mantra for her terms of office. The past few days represent a spectacular vindication of her vision.

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