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President of Ireland Mary McAleese speech at the Irish State Banquet for Queen Elizabeth II
18th May 2011: In what is a symbolic visit by HM Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland, President McAleese addresses the guests at the Irish State Banquet held in honour of the Queen at Dublin Castle. President McAleese was followed by a speech by the Queen (separate video). "Your Majesty, from our previous conversations I know of your deep support for the peace process and your longing to see relationships between our two countries sustained on a template of good neighbourliness," she says. "Your visit here is an important sign - among a growing number of signs - that we have embarked on the fresh start envisaged in the Good Friday Agreement. Your visit is a formal recognition of what has, for many years, been a reality - that Ireland and Britain are neighbours, equals, colleagues and friends. "Though the seas between us have often been stormy, we have chosen to build a solid and enduring bridge of friendship between us and to cross it to a new, a happier future."