Monday 19 February 2018

Majority in favour of queen visit

A MAJORITY of people would be in favour of a state visit by the neighbouring monarch, according to the latest opinion poll, writes Louise Hogan.

Speculation has been mounting over a possible trip to Ireland by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II since an invitation was extended to her in the summer by Taoiseach Brian Cowen.

Six out of 10 people said they would extend a welcome to the queen, according to the national TV3/Millward Brown poll.

The survey earlier this week of 1,000 adults found a sizeable minority, at 26pc, would be against such a visit.

Yet, a majority of those questioned, across all the age demographics and voter groups, with the exclusion of Sinn Fein supporters, would welcome her.

Next year would mark the centenary of the last visit here by a British monarch -- the visit of the queen's grandfather, George V.

Irish Independent

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