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Offer Queen Elizabeth a warm handshake

THE forthcoming visit to our country by the queen of England will, I hope, pass without any significant issue.

There is no doubt that the visit of Mrs Windsor will draw out the dwindling number in our society who define their Irishness by how anti-British they are. Equally perturbing will be the coterie of people who will fawn over how to correctly address the Queen of England -- should one bow or curtsy? Here's an idea -- offer a handshake, and warmly welcome her to Ireland.

Considering the huge interdependence that exists between both economies, it is imperative that the relationship between Ireland and Britain be as cordial and warm as it can possibly be, especially in these economically troubled times.

The queen of England is as entitled, if not more entitled, as any head of state to visit our shores.

Alan Ó Maonaigh
Tír Chroghan, An Mhí

Irish Independent