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Sinn Féin is opposed to a State visit by the British monarch

24 March, 2008


Sinn Féin TD for Kerry North Martin Ferris speaking at the Easter Commemoration in Ardmore, County Waterford said 'Sinn Féin is opposed to a State visit by the British monarch or by members of the British royal family to any part of Ireland." He went on to say that opposition to such a visit is totally consistent with the desire for continuing friendly relations between the people of Ireland and the people of England, Scotland and Wales."
Deputy Ferris said:
"Over the bank holiday weekend republicans and nationalists across Ireland are gathering at hundreds of events to commemorate the 1916 Rising. We come from many different backgrounds and political parties but we are united in our support for Irish re-unification.
"In the weeks and months ahead we need to turn that goodwill into political action. We need to build a mass popular movement in support of the achievement of Irish unity. We can use the preparations for the 100th anniversary as part of building a mass movement that will ensure that the objective of the men and women of Easter 1916 is made a reality."
Commenting on growing speculation about a visit by the British Queen to the 26 counties Deputy Ferris said:
"Sinn Féin is opposed to a State visit by the British monarch or by members of the British royal family to any part of Ireland.

"The British government still claims jurisdiction over part of Ireland and this is expressed through the monarch who claims to be Queen of the 'United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland'. Sinn Féin regards that claim as illegitimate and we will not participate in any welcome for the British monarch.
"As democrats and republicans we are implacably opposed to an outdated and archaic system of government that has at its head a monarch.
"Opposition to a British royal visit is also totally consistent with the desire for continuing friendly relations between the people of Ireland and the people of England, Scotland and Wales. It is a misrepresentation to portray opposition to such a visit as xenophobic or chauvinist. Indeed many people in Britain reject what has been done in their name in Ireland, by the ruling elite in their country under the monarchy." ENDS



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