'Michel Barnier's speech shows the EU is worried Ireland will ally itself with Britain'

The chief Brexit negotiator's speech contained a strong message about the need for EU unity, writes Michael Brennan

11th May, 2017
Barnier regrets Brexit Pic: RollingNews.ie

Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier's speech went down well at today's special joint sitting of the Dail and Seanad.

He once again said the the he recognised Ireland's unique position. And he declared that avoiding a hard border with the North was one of his top three negotiating priorities.

For good measure, he quoted Seamus Heaney, used a few words of Irish and described how he had flown here on an Irish low cost carrier...

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