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Irish people have ‘no right’ to be racist

Former president Mary McAleese has called for the abandonment of old thinking about a united Ireland at an event in Dublin.

“We really, really have to abandon the old narrative around a united Ireland,” she said on Saturday night, adding that Irish people, considering their own history, had no right to be racist.

Mrs McAleese was speaking at Dublin’s St Patrick’s Cathedral in a panel discussion as part of the Jonathan Swift Festival, with other panellists including Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, historian Ida Milne, and economist and Irish Times columnist David McWilliams.

On the issue of a united Ireland, Prof McAleese said: “We have to create a new narrative around a reconciled Ireland where everyone is welcome.”

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