There have been a number of expressions of opposition to the recently announced Royal Visit to Ireland.
Republican Sinn Fein has indicated repeatedly that it opposed plans for any visit and now a definite proposal has been brought forward the party has called for a demonstration at Leinster House (the Dail building) to oppose the plans.
In a statement RSF President Des Dalton says:
“Republican Sinn Féin will actively oppose the visit of the Queen of England to the 26-County State in order to send out a clear message to the world that British rule in Ireland is neither normal nor acceptable. We are calling on all Republican-minded people throughout Ireland and abroad to mobilise now in opposition to this visit.
The announcement of the visit by the head of the British State marks the culmination of a carefully orchestrated campaign by the political establishments in Leinster House, Stormont and Westminster to normalise the partition and continued British occupation of Ireland.
Republican Sinn Féin will provide leadership as well as active opposition to this visit. Our campaign will involve activities throughout Ireland including a protest at the gates of Leinster House on Wednesday March 9.”
Meanwhile, predictably, the Dublin government has welcomed the visit – their statement can be found here:
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