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Belfast has always been different - but now it must embrace its unique situation post-Brexit

Brendan Keenan


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Ireland’s other capital: Belfast will now have a presence in Ireland, the UK and the EU – bringing both opportunities and dangers

Ireland’s other capital: Belfast will now have a presence in Ireland, the UK and the EU – bringing both opportunities and dangers

Ireland’s other capital: Belfast will now have a presence in Ireland, the UK and the EU – bringing both opportunities and dangers

I won a prize in primary school for an essay called My Home Town. The teacher was most impressed by the opening line: "From the beginning, Belfast is different. The boat goes in backwards."

I decided not to mention that I had got the line from a BBC radio travel programme. Perhaps I was always destined to be a journalist. Later, I assuaged my guilt with a line of my own.


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