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Chris Donnelly: Taoiseach should be given benefit of the doubt on shared island unit

Chris Donnelly
My octogenarian father has a vivid memory, as a child, of my grandfather rushing into the house to ‘switch on Athlone’ (as he insisted on calling Radio Eireann) to hear an important message from the taoiseach, only to be bitterly disappointed when he realised that the north did not feature prominently in De Valera’s pronouncement.