The Times has called for the Monarch to be invited to visit the Republic of Ireland sooner rather than later and describes the linkage of a visit with policing and justice powers as ‘churlish’. It concludes:
It would indeed be desirable for Ulster to determine such arrangements locally but this is a complex issue and it does not help for a royal trip to be seen to be contingent on a result over a specified timetable. Announcing now that the Queen will be in Ireland next year would be a vote of confidence in the outcome of these negotiations. She should be seen in Dublin before Maundy Thursday 2009.