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Bette Browne: Hillary's White House would be a warm place for the Irish

THEN, as now, Christmas was approaching in 1995 as Hillary Clinton landed in Ireland with her husband. It was a Christmas she would never forget and would have a profound influence on America's top diplomat.

It was an unlikely Christmas in an unlikely place, the kind of Christmas no one ever thought possible. A year after nurturing an IRA ceasefire, President Clinton had come to Belfast City Hall to switch on the Christmas tree lights. "Tonight is a night filled with hope and peace," Hillary Clinton told the crowd, as she introduced her husband. She would never forget the cheering crowd as her husband told them: "We will stand with you as you take risks for peace."

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