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Queen's grandfather had peace process role

I will welcome the queen as she is the granddaughter of King George V whose contribution to settle the Irish question was very positive.

On the opening of the North of Ireland Parliament on June 22, 1921, King George V accepted the sovereignty of the Irish people.

"May this historic gathering be the prelude of a day in which the Irish people, North and South, under one parliament or two, shall work together in common love for Ireland upon the sure foundation of mutual justice and respect," he said.

The truce followed on August 8, 1921, and the treaty on December 5, 1921, but the doctrine of parity of esteem took decades to be accepted.

Stephen Fallon
Co Limerick

Irish Independent