Theresa May should not have turned down the invitation to address the Dáil

The British prime minister has misjudged the symbolic importance a speech to Dáil Eireann would have held

29th January, 2017

"The family ties and bonds of affection that unite our two countries mean there will always be a special relationship between us,” declared Theresa May.

The British prime minister could have been talking about America, during this weekend’s trip to Washington, the first foreign leader to visit US president Trump. But she was actually referring to the Republic of Ireland – words so warm as to be, until relatively recently, unthinkable from a Conservative...

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