Michael Higgins will today travel to Windsor Castle at the start of the first ever state visit by an Irish president to Britain, symbolizing the way friendly relations have succeeded centuries of Anglo-Irish conflict.
The Real Irish Republican Army, which murdered two British soldiers in Northern Ireland in 2009, said it tried to kill police officers in a gun attack in the U.K. region on March 2, the British Broadcasting Corp . reported.
I admired Margaret Thatcher the way I admired, feared (and loved) my mother. I didn’t share Thatcher’s politics but stood in awe when, through sheer conviction and resolve, she did what needed to be done. Both women were working-class but managed to go toe-to-toe with privilege. Both were charismatic and domineering, controversial and unafraid. Prime Minister Thatcher had a majority in Parliament to accomplish her agenda. My mother had me.
Margaret Thatcher was hated -- widely and passionately -- when she was U.K. prime minister, a fact that has gone largely unsaid in the encomiums that followed her death. Her polarizing nature needs to be remembered, because it defines what set her apart as a leader.