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Britain has always struggled to take Ireland seriously, say Irish ex-diplomats

‘Why didn’t the British focus on the fact that they had an extensive land border with the EU? Because it was in Ireland.’

Through years spent operating at the top of Anglo-Irish relations, Irish ex-diplomat Séan Ó hUigínn detected what he sees as a curious gap in British thinking when dealing with Irish matters.”

  • Fiach Kelly
  • The Irish Times

Ó hUigínn has good reason to know.

One of the most distinguished diplomats of his era, he served as joint secretary of the British-Irish Secretariat in Belfast, established after the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985; led the Anglo-Irish division in the Department of Foreign Affairs; and…

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