Eire’s President Regrets…?

Much babblng over the President of Eire’s refusal to attend a service ‘commemorating’ the founding of Northern Ireland.


President Michael D Higgins said last week that in March he had made known his concerns about the title of the event. Photograph: Maxwells/PA Wire

Eire’s President Michael Higgins


Why would he attend, for Pete’s sake?

The man is head of state of a foreign power which, apart from the brief interlude after the signing of a solemn treaty of mutual recognition and respect, in 1921, has maintained a policy towards Ulster…

….not notably different from that of Adolf Hitler towards territories he felt his master-race had a claim on.

No wonder De Valera mourned Der Fuhrer’s death.

But what vexes me ever so slightly, is what Revd. David Bruce told the media, viz.

– that his ‘Church Group Leaders’ had “consulted, very carefully with both officials within the Northern Ireland Office and in Dublin through the Department of Foreign Affairs…”

The Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin has striven – at the very least since the country arrogantly re-designated itself the ‘Republic of Ireland’ over seven decades ago..

( and before that even used postage stamps!)


Irish postage stamp denominated two pence showing a green outline map of the island of Ireland with the Gaelic words Éire for Ireland and dá pingin for two pence

….to declare its illegitimate pretensions to sovereignty over the small British nation next door…



A – they were unlikely to offer constructive input, and, more importantly…

B – it’s none of their damn business!