Thursday 21 September 2017

Visit proves we're friends and equals

QUEEN Elizabeth's arrival in Dublin tomorrow will be heartily welcomed by the overwhelming majority of this country's citizens. It symbolises, to quote British Prime Minister David Cameron, "the strong partnership and friendship" between Ireland and the United Kingdom.

That partnership and that friendship do not prevail only at the levels of politics, administration or commerce, but to every aspect of the two islands' life. Family ties are closer, social intercourse more numerous, than in any other pair of countries.

No wonder. We speak the same language. We watch the same television programmes. We read the same authors. We share much of a long history -- too much, indeed. Too many "old, unhappy, far-off things and battles long ago".

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