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Why Mr Juncker's jibe jarred so much

Published 10/09/2015 | 02:30

European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker
European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker

There is a reason the number of O'Neills and Murphys living in the US exceeds the number in Ireland, chided European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Ireland should not require a punch in the moral solar plexus to remember its past. Mr Juncker's jibe jarred so much because it hit home.

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The failure of generosity and fellowship displayed in our official response to the refugee crisis will be remembered as an opportunity missed.

Have we forgotten that between 1845 and 1855, more than 1.5 million of what the press then described as Micks, Paddys and Brigids left Ireland for refuge in America.

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