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The weekend that turned June into July was a busy one in Dublin. Tina Turner bawled her lungs out, gay activists paraded through O’Connell Street, football fans having supported Germany against England switched allegiance to the Czechs for the final, drummers drummed Ireland into the EU presidency, President Robinson f?ted President Havel at Dublin Castle, and assassinated crime journalist Veronica Guerin was buried.

“I want to be a president who will speak less and work more. To be a president who will not only look out of the windows of his airplane but who will always be present among his…

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