Ireland’s former foreign minister has given his backing to Scottish independence.
Gerry Collins told the National Collective group he believed most Irish people would be broadly “sympathetic” to the aims of the Yes campaign.
The former Fianna Fail politician said: “I hope Scotland votes for independence. You’re striving for a better country.”
He added: “There is a natural sympathy for the Scots in Ireland. If the people in Scotland are satisfied, the Irish people would want Scotland to make a success of it.
“I was always very friendly with supporters of independence. Winnie Ewing was a close ally of Fianna Fail in the European Parliament. John McCormick was another great man – one of the finest people I ever worked with.”