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EU president Ursula von der Leyen had to quickly roll back on triggering of Article 16 of Northern Ireland protocol. Photo: Olivier Hoslet

EU president Ursula von der Leyen had to quickly roll back on triggering of Article 16 of Northern Ireland protocol. Photo: Olivier Hoslet

EU president Ursula von der Leyen had to quickly roll back on triggering of Article 16 of Northern Ireland protocol. Photo: Olivier Hoslet

We can be a strange, perplexing little country at times.

On the one hand, we like to pride ourselves on the notion of being the ‘fighting Irish’.

That’s not just our perception of ourselves, it’s an international phenomenon. We have a reputation abroad of being rebellious, independent and stubborn. For instance, it wasn’t until I first went to America that I heard the phrase ‘don’t bring out the Irish in me’.


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