Mary McAleese: Irish people have ‘no right’ to be racist

‘We have to create new narrative around a reconciled Ireland where everyone is welcome’

Chancellor-elect of Trinity College Dublin, former president Prof Mary McAleese, with husband, Chancellor of Dublin City University Dr Martin McAleese, who both attended Dublin’s St Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday night. File photograph: Laura Hutton

Chancellor-elect of Trinity College Dublin, former president Prof Mary McAleese, with husband, Chancellor of Dublin City University Dr Martin McAleese, who both attended Dublin’s St Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday night. File photograph: Laura Hutton

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.

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