Sunday 26 March 2017

Over 90pc felt Queen's visit was a success

Fionnan Sheahan Political Editor

QUEEN Elizabeth's visit was a runaway hit with the public, according to an Irish Independent/Millward Brown Lansdowne opinion poll.

A total of well over nine out of 10 people said the historic state visit was successful.

The queen's four-day visit was the first by a reigning British Monarch since the conception of the State.

A total of 94pc said the visit was successful, with 76pc saying it was very successful and 18pc saying it was quite successful.

By contrast only 5pc were unimpressed by the trip to Dublin, Kildare, Tipperary and Cork.

Of that 5pc, 3pc said it was not really successful and 2pc said it was not at all successful. Only 1pc had no opinion.

Among the highlights of the queen's visit were her solemn laying of a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance, her visit to Croke Park, her speech at the state dinner in her honour at Dublin Castle and the warm welcome she received during her visit to Cork city.

However, the visit was accompanied by a massive security operation resulting in the public frequently being kept well back from the queen.

In the wake of her handling of the visit, President Mary McAleese's personal satisfaction rating rose to 92pc, according to the poll.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny revealed this week it cost an estimated €20m to host the visits of the queen and US President Barack Obama.

But Mr Kenny insisted that the global media coverage of both events made it all worthwhile.

Irish Independent

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