Bertie Ahern speech to UK Houses of Parliament

Bertie Ahern speech to UK Houses of Parliament; Bertie Ahern speech SOT - Ours must and will be the last generation to feel the pain and anger of old quarrels / We cannot look back through eras far removed from the standards and promise of today, through the very pages of our common past, and tear out the bloodstained chapters / But that does not mean we should write them into the story of our future / Violence is part of our shared past that lasted too long / Now we close the chapter, we move on, and it will remain there as it was written / Mr Speaker, Lord Speaker, I stand before you as the elected leader of a young, modern and successful country /The gathering pace of change in Ireland since independence, and in this generation especially, has been extraordinary / We have seized our opportunities and honoured our heritage / Ireland is a small country, but today we are one of the most globalised and enterprising in the world / We have taken a place on the world stage in the United Nations and the European Union / We have built a country of ideas, energy and of confidence / And it is this self-confidence that allows us, still conscious of our history but not captured by it / to build a new and lasting partnership of common interest that fully respects identity and sovereignty, with you our nearest neighbour / Today, our partnership in the world is expressed most especially in the European Union / Our joint membership has served as a vital catalyst for the building of a deeper relationship between our two islands / Europe forms a key part of our shared future / The European Union has acted as a potent example of a new political model that enables old enemies to become partners in progress / On the world stage too we have a shared commitment to democracy, to human rights and to international development / And we stand together to make poverty history / I think of the power of our example, of the history we have written together in Northern Ireland / No two confl...


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Date created:May 15, 2007
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