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US: Maggie 'champion of liberty'

US President Barack Obama has led global tributes to Lady Thatcher, saying the "world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty".

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Irish Taoiseach: Thatcher was 'a formidable leader'

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Margaret Thatcher was "a formidable leader" who "defined an era in British public life."

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny outside 10 Downing Street in 2012. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive

He said: "Mrs Thatcher was a formidable political leader who had a significant impact on British, European and world politics. During her 11 years as prime minister, she defined an era in British public life.

"While her period of office came at a challenging time for British-Irish relations, when the violent conflict in Northern Ireland was at its peak, Mrs Thatcher signed the Anglo-Irish Agreement which laid the foundation for improved North-South cooperation and ultimately the Good Friday Agreement.

"I extend my deepest sympathies to her family and the Prime Minister David Cameron."

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