Meet the Neighbours

Eamon Gilmore, Ireland’s Foreign Minister, and William Hague, the United Kingdom’s Foreign Minister, have co-written a piece in the Irish Times about the symbolism and importance of the state visit to Ireland of HM Elizabeth II, Queen of England.

British and Irish history is inescapably entwined. For too long, however, relations between our nations were marked by conflict and division, by mistrust and suspicion. But today we are proud to be friends and neighbours, partners and equals.