Fitting tribute to the dead
Sir --I would like to say, hopefully we have witnessed the maturing of our little nation, as we can be extremely proud of the tremendous respectful warm welcome shown to her majesty the Queen on her historical visit to this country. Many congratulations to all those involved, especially our President, Mary McAleese, for her persistence and dedication to rebuilding bridges.
The most outstanding memory of her visit, in my opinion, took place after the placing of wreaths to commemorate both those who fought against English rule and those that died beneath the so-called foreign flag for the freedom of smaller nations like our own. That was truly a historic occasion in my opinion, as the living honour the dead. Personally I've always believed, we must be respectful to the dead, because one day we too will go to our eternal rest.
And that has truly occurred in this country this week, as Ireland and its people have lost another one of its great statesman with the passing of Garret FitzGerald. His tremendous work in securing the Anglo-Irish Agreement, paved the way for the historical visit of the Queen. The late Taoiseach in my opinion, put Ireland before his personal ambitions unlike some of those who dishonour that office for personal gain.