Love-in with British shuns vile history

Edmund Burke's ghost hovered over Westminster during President Higgins' landmark speech, writes John-Paul McCarthy

Conor Cruise O’Brien. Photo: Tony Gavin

John-Paul McCarthy

President Higgins' dazzling state visit to the UK involved a trade-off. In exchange for the British accepting us as equals, we would formally embrace an idea first articulated at the nadir of Anglo-Irish relations in 1989 by Roy Foster in his transformational book, Modern Ireland.