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Karen Coleman: Flame shines a light on ties with closest partner

THE passage of the Olympic flame from Belfast to Dublin this week symbolised the extraordinary journey that Ireland and Britain have travelled over the decades.

Despite our growing globalisation and integration with the rest of Europe, Britain remains a key ally of ours. Our relationship has evolved over the centuries from one of conflict and hostility to affection and economic interdependence. It is a tie that we need to continue to nurture and develop.

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