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King's speech predicament

By Tony Grew

Published 17/04/2013

Last week, the House of Lords met to pay tribute to Baroness Thatcher.

Former NI Secretary Tom King recalled the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985 when Garret FitzGerald started his speech in Irish.

"Margaret looked at me as though I would know what he was saying," he said. "I had been Secretary of State for only two months and had not learnt Gaelic in that time."

Fortunately, Dr FitzGerald switched back to English – "which was a relief".

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