The Speaker of the House of Commons said the two countries were ‘natural political social and economic partners’ and that it was our ‘humanity not our history, that should determine our future’. There was no mention of the parties of violence, which was as political as it was diplomatic. All agreed this week marked a new beginning, a ‘fresh canvas on which to sketch a shared future’. It was the stuff of poetry.
Liz O’Donnell, Irish Independent