In speeches to the Ard Fheis, or party conference, the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern spoke of his intention to commemorate the 1916 rising, and his desire for a united Ireland.
“Unity…is not just at the heart of Fianna F_il, but in the hearts of the Irish people,” he said.
He warned that while Irish unionism would have time to come to terms with the changing Ireland, “we are determined that it will not take too much time.”
And he added: “Here, more than anywhere, we must continue to make history happen.”
Many Irish Americans have been waiting a long time to hear these words from an Irish taoiseach, and will welcome them.
It must be noted, however, that the timing is suspicious. Fianna F_il knows it will soon be locked in an electoral battle for D_il seats with Sinn F