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Edward Kennedy was one of the few politicians with enough clout to swing Irish-American opinion away from violence

Edward Kennedy was one of the few politicians with enough clout to swing Irish-American opinion away from violence

Edward Kennedy was one of the few politicians with enough clout to swing Irish-American opinion away from violence

SENATOR Edward Kennedy is rightly regarded in the North (and certainly in nationalist circles) as one who from the other side of the Atlantic made a sustained, concerned and ultimately effective contribution to the achievement of peace and to the long and tortuous diplomacy which resulted in the Good Friday Agreement.

Others will write of his towering contribution to American politics over a long and productive senatorial career, his espousal of civil rights issues, his contribution to more compassionate social policies, and his support for the poor, the defenceless and the underprivileged in society.


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