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Mary Kenny: We must give state visitors a royal welcome or lose face

Published 28/03/2011 | 05:00

Make no mistake about the double visit; this is primarily about showcasing Ireland

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Not only one -- but two heads of state to visit the Republic of Ireland in May: Queen Elizabeth from May 17 to May 20 (it is believed), and President Barack Obama a week or so later.

The cost! The cost! Some are appalled at the cost this may entail for a cash-strapped country. It has been calculated that the security bill alone will be €18m. One nonagenarian lady wrote to the papers to express outrage; surely the money would be better spent on the children of Japan?

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