Opinion Analysis

Monday 20 November 2017

John-Paul McCarthy: Opening our door to the monarchy might bring us rich rewards

Being part of the Commonwealth would give us access to a vital talking shop, writes John-Paul McCarthy

NO Irishman can sit through the great set-piece public performances of British monarchy like last week's Jubilee without old films running through his mind.



We may have staggered inelegantly out of the Commonwealth in 1949, but we have never fully blotted out our monarchical past.

Important parts of our history were essays on the complexities of monarchy. O'Connell couldn't care less who was King of Ireland so long as the merchant Catholics controlled the city corporations.

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