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Royal visit draws line under woes of history

PAUL Ryder may well be right when he says that the enthusiasm for the visit of the head of state of our former colonial masters ''is merely a symptom of Ireland's deepening post-boom identity crisis, a subconscious longing for our old colonial masters to once again take charge of our affairs as we lose all confidence in our own self-governing abilities'' (Letters, May 2).

The visiting monarch was invited here by the elected head of this democratic republic, acting on behalf of all of us, after the people of this island voted for the Good Friday Agreement. This was an exercise in self-determination and drew a line under the wrongs of history.

A Leavy

Sutton, Dublin 13