Visit of British Queen insensitive and premature – McDonald
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader and TD for Dublin Central Mary Lou McDonald has described the scheduled visit of the British Queen as “insensitive" and offensive to many Irish citizens, particularly those who have lost loved ones at the hands of British state forces.
Speaking at Leinster House Deputy McDonald said:
“The visit of the British Queen is premature and its timing insensitive. It will cause great offence to many Irish citizens, particularly to those who have lost loved ones at the hands of the British state forces in Ireland.
“The timing, on the anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings is particularly insensitive. It is widely believed that this attack, involving the greatest loss of life of any incident in the conflict, was carried out with the involvement of British intelligence.
“To date no files on this atrocity have been released despite the passing of an all-party Dáil motion calling on the British Government ‘to allow access by an independent, international judicial figure to all original documents held by the British government relating to the atrocities inquired into by Judge Barron’.
“No action has been taken since this Dáil motion was passed in 2008.
“The only victims group in the 26 counties, Justice for the Forgotten, has had its funding discontinued. This cut was implemented by Fianna Fáil and looks unlikely to be lifted by the new Fine Gael/Labour Party Government.
“These parties have no problem with the visit of the British Queen but yet they are refusing to fund Justice for the Forgotten or progress the unanimous Dáil resolution.
“Sinn Féin wants to see normal relationships between Ireland and Britain and have been in the leadership of trying to achieve this. Such relationships however, must be based on equality and mutual respect and the ending of partition in Ireland.”