My speech to the Reform Group, on Commonwealth Day, May 2013 in the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin making the case for why Ireland should seriously consider re-joining the Commonwealth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n66-Qy2Y5Vs

http://www.reform.org/site/2011/05/03/eamon-delaney-commonwealth-day-speech-at-ria/

A report on the same discussion in Belfast Newsletter, 2 April 2013

http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/regional/republic-s-interest-in-commonwealth-grows-1-3690853

Extract:

Ireland’s “so called friends” in the EU and even in the US were of little help during Ireland’s economic crisis,’ says Eamon Delaney ‘but it was the UK which came through with “a really generous bail-out. There is a feeling of really goodwill toward the UK now, which was underlined by the strong relationship exhibited by the recent photo call involving both premiers at Downing Street.” Mr Delaney added that the Irish Republic “should not be complacent” but should take the Commonwealth issue seriously in the interests of political stability.