Pat Leahy: Both Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore looked rather pleased with themselves attending the various events with President Higgins in Britain last week. And why wouldn't they be?

The Brits do pomp and ceremony better than anyone else, and they clearly pulled out all the stops for Michael D last week.

13th April, 2014
One of Ahern's key lieutenants once said: Politics is about keeping enough people happy at the right time, and taking the shit for the rest of the time.'

The Brits do pomp and ceremony better than anyone else, and they clearly pulled out all the stops for Michael D last week. Most foreign travel is a grind for politicians, but swanking around Windsor Castle in white tie and tails is one of the better appointments. Even Martin McGuinness managed to look like he was pleased with himself. Gilmore - though his regal waving from the horse-drawn carriage earlier will surely be replayed with...

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