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The coalition of the two civil war rivals and the Greens could transform politics and lead to historic change in the Republic, argues Alban Maginness

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New leader: Taoiseach Micheal Martin in Dublin Castle

New leader: Taoiseach Micheal Martin in Dublin Castle

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New leader: Taoiseach Micheal Martin in Dublin Castle

In June 1963, John Fitzgerald Kennedy the President of the United States, made a memorable visit to Ireland, the land from which his forefathers had emigrated a mere two generations before. With his Irish Catholic roots, Kennedy's election to the most powerful office in the democratic world was in itself a sensation, both in America and Ireland.

His state visit to the Republic was a recognition of the Irish people's singular contribution to the creation and development of the United States.

It was also a recognition of the achievement of the Irish Republic, evolving in just over 40 years from being a part of the British empire, into an independent and confident democratic state. His televised visit captured the public imagination and instilled in many great pride in the achievement of this small, but successful democratic nation.