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William and Kate's visit should be appreciated, after 800 years of shared history with UK we should take nothing for granted

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Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton meet with President Michael D. Higgins, his wife Sabina and their dog at Aras an Uachtarain
REUTERS/Phil Noble/Pool

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton meet with President Michael D. Higgins, his wife Sabina and their dog at Aras an Uachtarain REUTERS/Phil Noble/Pool

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'With Brexit, some conflict along the way is inevitable. But as today’s visit of Prince William and his wife Kate shows, we should always have more in common than we do apart.' Photo: Getty Images

'With Brexit, some conflict along the way is inevitable. But as today’s visit of Prince William and his wife Kate shows, we should always have more in common than we do apart.' Photo: Getty Images

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Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton meet with President Michael D. Higgins, his wife Sabina and their dog at Aras an Uachtarain REUTERS/Phil Noble/Pool

Good relationships between neighbours turn on allowing each other respectful space while allowing for accommodation when needed. Sounds simple enough in theory: but the trials and tests of 800 years of shared history between Britain and Ireland suggest we should take nothing for granted.

This week the Brexit talks begin in earnest. Britain's exit from the EU was always going to be more challenging for this country than any other in the EU.

Closer ties between the UK and ourselves meant that London was a most valuable ally in fighting our corner on mutual interests in recent years.