“President McAleese is pleased to announce that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has accepted”

The BBC reports confirmation from Buckingham Palace that Queen Elizabeth II has accepted the invitation from Irish President, Mary McAleese, to visit Ireland later this year.  Despite the objections from some… 

The iol report has the quotes from President McAleese

In a statement, the office of President Mary McAleese said the timing of the visit would be confirmed at a later date.

“President McAleese is pleased to announce that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has accepted an invitation to visit Ireland this year,” it said.

“The dates of the visit and the programme will be announced jointly by Aras an Uachtarain and Buckingham Palace in due course.”

Although, according to the RTÉ report
DUP leader and Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson welcomed the announcement, saying the visit would take place in May.
From the BBC report

The Irish government welcomed the trip which it said would “further improve” the “very good” relations between the two countries.

The British ambassador to Dublin, Julian King, said the invitation symbolised how far the relationship between the two neighbouring countries had come.

“The UK’s relationship with Ireland has never been closer, or more important,” he said.

“Our common bonds enable the UK and Ireland to work together as a strong, modern, forward-looking partnership focussed on issues that matter to the British and Irish people, such as growth and jobs.”

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  • joeCanuck

    Brian, being a republican, I too find an hereditary monarch hard to stomach. But she is head of State and that has to be acknowledged. I hope not too many people go out to cheer but I equally hope that no idiots get into law breaking.

  • Greenflag


    ‘I too find an hereditary monarch hard to stomach.’

    LOL – How many have you eaten in your time ? HRH is not on the menu .She is guest of Honour at the top of the table I tell you and will not be nibbled at 🙂 ,

    I have to admit I’m not unfond of Queenie and her remarkable steadfast devotion to doing her duty even though she’s beset on all sides by a right shower .She deserves a warm welcome and I’m sure she’ll get one

    She might even get the tourist season off to a good start 😉 ?

  • Greenflag

    An Ode to an earlier Queen circa 1550 AD?

    Written by an early unnamed Irish refugee from Limerick:)?

    ‘To His Queen said the circumspect Burleigh .
    It is true that you are old Harry’s girlie .
    But if you meet Essex
    And do not suppress sex
    You’ll be had by the short and the curly .

    And earlier still they were still attracting the attention of the medieval papparazzis.

    King Richard(II) in one of his rages.
    Forsook his good lady for ages .
    And rested in bed
    With a good book instead .
    Or , preferably ,one of the pages .

  • joeCanuck

    Liked those ditties, GF. Gave me a good chuckle.

  • Mick Fealty


    You better than almost anyone else on these threads know we are not in USENET now. Kindly stick to pulling your opponent’s argument to pieces and desist from the petty name calling.

    I’d hate to have to Yellow one of our classier players!

  • Mainland Ulsterman

    Late post I know but …. you make some excellent points about vascillating and manipulative UK government approaches to NI and then you ask “why you guys are loyal to the British”. This misunderstands unionism. It’s not about being “loyal to the British”, it’s about BEING British ourselves. As such, we are often unimpressed by a lot of the actions of our national government. There is no contradiction there.

    That we can be at loggerheads with the national government for so long without considering ourselves less British for it is proof, if proof were needed, of the strength, genuineness and independence of spirit of the British tradition in Northern Ireland. Our Britishness is free-standing and while it values external support, it is not dependent on it.

  • Munsterview

    Mainl….. U

    just back, a busy week away from my desk and quite a few em to catch up on before serious slugger engagement.

    Believe it or not Mainland, I can appreciate your viewpoint, as any serious historian knows, the sentiments you expressed can be found in all correspondence from the Planter Stock in every part of Ireland and in all eras, especially from the Elizabethan period onwards. There is an automatic assumption that irrespective of whoever owned the lands previously, once they arrived, those Colonial planted lands automatically became an extension of the ‘Motherland’ as far as they and their Government s of the day and National Establishments were concerned.

    When we see Germans settlers having the same attitude to parts of Africa, The Dutch settlers to other parts, The Belgians settlers to yet other parts and The French settlers to their own segment of Colonial Africa etc, then Mainland Ulsterman, your views are not that unique, they are an ingrained and unescapable part of the whole Colonial enterprise.

    One wee problem however with these views, they do not tend to take much account of the views of the dispossessed natives, but of course to the Colonials they do not really rate.

    In changed political circumstances in the post Colonial period, such people, if they stay behind in the liberated Countries, tend to sullenly ignore the new regimes as much as possible, while at worst, as with the French Settlers and their descendants in Algeria, the ‘Motherland’ has to send in it’s army to root out these obstructionists as they are an impediment to the resumption of normal International relations between the former Colonalised Country and the Colonalising country.

    Countries do not have friends, they have interests. This in fact is very topical for me as I am currently re reading some of General F.P. Crozier. Not a man one hears too much about nowadays. At one stage in his life his views were very much as yours, but his experience in fighting the Counter Revolutionary War in Ireland as the General Officer commanding the Auxies changed his mind about a few things. His books are well worth a read for any with an open mind.