Irish against British royal visit

This video from Ireland is called No British Withdrawal? No Royal Visits!

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Queen’s visit to Ireland is ‘inappropriate’

Monday 16 May 2011

by Our Foreign Desk

Descendants of the leaders of the 1916 uprising against British occupation have branded the Queen

Elizabeth II of the royal family of England

‘s visit to Ireland tomorrow “inappropriate and insensitive.”

James Connolly-Heron, great-grandson of Irish Labour Party founder James Connolly, observed today that the historic visit is full of contradictions.

Honor O’Brolchain, grand-niece of Joe Plunkett – another signatory to the Proclamation of Independence – said she was initially indifferent to the royal visit but now finds the idea ill-judged.

Both questioned why the Queen was asked to attend the Garden of Remembrance, which honours Irish resistance fighters, and Croke Park, where British troops massacred 14 spectators during a Dublin-Tipperary Gaelic football match in 1920 in what was the original Bloody Sunday attack.

Mr Connolly-Heron said: “She is visiting the Garden of Remembrance and Croke Park – it’s very inappropriate and insensitive.

“The Garden of Remembrance honours all those who fought and died for Irish freedom and that’s where the queen will be laying a wreath. But that dream has not been realised.

“There’s a contradiction there. Given that the Queen of England still occupies part of this island is it not strange that she is honouring those who fought and died? I don’t think we are at the stage for that sort of recognition.”

Ms O’Brolchain said she would like to have been informed ahead of the visit if the Queen was going to deliver “some form of words or acknowledgement” on Britain’s long suppression of Irish national self determination.

“We own the state and the government as opposed to being subjects so we should know if something like that is going to happen,” she said, adding: “It would have been easier if we had been told.”

Ms O’Brolchain went on to observe that Irish President Mary McAleese “has not been asked to pay a state visit to Britain.”

Sinn Fein has described the visit as premature while peace activists and the Eirigi socialist republican group are planning protests.

Five-hundred troops were deployed around the perimeter of the Fortress Baldonnel military aerodrome on the edge of Dublin on Sunday night ahead of the Queen’s arrival.

More than 30 streets around the capital were cordoned off over the weekend.

3 thoughts on “Irish against British royal visit

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