Tuesday 16 January 2018

Fine Gael is hardly the Commonwealth Party

Kevin James O'Mahony (It's time to rejoin the Commonwealth, Letters, March 7) suggests that when Queen Elizabeth II arrives for her much-hyped visit to these shores, Fine Gael, "which has traditionally been recognised as the Commonwealth Party, has a golden opportunity to rejoin the Commonwealth for a more progressive future".

Curiously enough, Mr O'Mahony writes from sunny San Jose, California, in the US, which, like Ireland, had a successful War of Independence against the British and, again like Ireland, rejected the monarchy and imperialism.

Mr O'Mahony seems unaware that in 1948, in Ottawa, Canada, it was Fine Gael's John A Costello as Taoiseach in the first inter-party government who ended the last British link over most of Ireland when he declared an Irish Republic, which was formally inaugurated in April 1949.

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