Saturday 3 December 2016

Royal presence in 2016 would ultimately be 
a good thing

Reconciliatory history 
has always had the 
edge over the ‘violence works’ faction


John-Paul McCarthy

Published 29/06/2014 | 02:30

SIDE BY SIDE: Queen Elizabeth with deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, left, and Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson in Belfast. Photo: Reuters/Kelvin Boyes/Pool
SIDE BY SIDE: Queen Elizabeth with deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, left, and Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson in Belfast. Photo: Reuters/Kelvin Boyes/Pool

Queen Elizabeth visited Northern Ireland again last week for yet another grip-and-
grin with Martin McGuinness.

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Perfecting her song of inspiration, sweet sounds and prayers, she seems to be edging closer and closer to Dublin for the 1916 commemorations in 2016. Manipulating the sensibilities of the Northern Irish seems to be second nature to her by now, while the Republic continues to pose one or two new problems.

One wonders what she thinks of the critique currently gestating in our midst. You will recall there were two distinct strands to this. One strand frets about how the royal presence will supposedly interfere with an emerging consensus that holds that violence was an absolute prerequisite in forcing her grandparents to abandon southern Ireland to Michael Collins.

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