A very insightful interview with Professor Roy Foster, one of Ireland’s most distinguished historians (and former WCHF contributor), on RTE 1’s Drivetime. It was broadcast on 30 August – click here and listen from about 1:40. Foster refers in the interview to Cambridge historian Brendan Sims, who spoke at our 2019 Festival.

Foster, who lives in Britain, is particularly critical of British Conservative politicians and their ignorance of Ireland and Irish history. In the interview he comments:  “… from the 1980s on …. the atttiude of British politicians towards Ireland has been in the main thoughtful and well-meaning…. All that has now gone into reverse…. Anglo-Irish relations are now at a worse point than they have been since the early 1970s and for completely unnecessary reasons.”

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  1. I beg to differ with Roy Foster when he says… Anglo-Irish relations are now at a worse point than they have been since the early 1970s and for completely unnecessary reasons.” How can he possible say for unnecessary reasons. I am a Remainer/remoaner through and through, but I live in Ireland and didn’t get to vote in the British referendum. Unfortunately for whatever reason and only known to themselves the majority in Britain voted to leave Europe, ergo a very necessary reason for a problem. They now have to put up a border between the North and the Republic because European rules on a common market insist upon it. No wonder there is a problem and no wonder politics gets a bit fraught but as far as I am aware the British and Irish politicians get on personally as well as they have done for years! Their problem is an impossible border, but it is necessary, if one is not to ignore the will of the British people!

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