Saturday 22 July 2017

Dev's hopeless drive towards an impossible idyll ruined the people

Independence from Britain cost us dearly, writes John McEntee as he makes the case for painting our postboxes red once again

WHEN Queen Elizabeth arrives on her historic first visit to this country, could someone take her gently aside and whisper in her ear: "Take us back, ma'am. Please take us back."

Ludicrous, I know, but there are a substantial number of beleaguered residents of this shambolic State who not only harbour regrets that we ever left the economic embrace of Britain, but would gladly return.

No reigning monarch has set foot on Irish soil outside Northern Ireland since George V arrived on the Royal Yacht at Kingstown, now Dun Laoghaire, in 1911. He was enthusiastically greeted wherever he went, just as his descendant will be.

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