Ireland out in the cold over Britain's monarchy debate
There have been some suggestions in recent weeks about Ireland rejoining the Commonwealth -- 60 years after Mr Costello's inter-party government stormed out of what was then the British Commonwealth, in 1949.
The Commonwealth is no longer called 'British', and republics -- such as India -- are now freely admitted; so certain Irish academics and notables (writing from the Department of History at University College, Cork, though not endorsed officially by UCC) have put forward the idea that it could be in Irish interests to be part of this international club once again.
Maybe: or maybe not. I cannot see it happening -- a national debate on the Commonwealth question might reopen too many old wounds. But there is one issue which has just arisen in which Ireland certainly should have a 'Commonwealth' voice.