Sunday 25 February 2018

The English are quite happy with their monarchy, thank you

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

As an Englishman who has lived in Dublin since 1968, I am grateful to Tom Leonard, writing to you from Spiddal, Co Galway, for recommending to us, the English, the superior merits of a republic to a constitutional monarchy in a letter headed 'The Republic of England' (Irish Independent, May 29).

My experience tells me that England and the English are very different from Ireland and the Irish, often to the point of mutual incomprehensibility. And as an Englishman I would not presume to tell the Irish people how to conduct their affairs, and certainly not in the wake of the wonderful example of the referendum on gay marriage.

And I would not hope to write a letter showing discourtesy to the President of Ireland.

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