Royal Visit Motion – Cllr. Louise Minihan
That this Council notes with deep concern the proposal for a state visit to the Twenty Six Counties by the British head of state. Such a visit would be entirely inappropriate whilst the British state continues to implement imperialist policies and commit human rights abuses across the world, most notably in Afghanistan, Iraq and here in Ireland. This Council calls on the Dublin Government to abandon its plans to invite the British head of state to Ireland and on behalf of the proud citizens of this city we declare that Elizabeth Windsor is not welcome in Dublin.
I am asking councillors to support this motion.
The sycophantic reaction to the proposed Royal Visit from the media and political class does not surprise me.
I don’t know if it is our colonial past that results in the lack of confidence displayed by the undue reverence given to all things Royal by a section of the Irish Establishment.
Lest we forget, this woman is the Commander -in- chief of the British Armed Forces which currently occupies 6 of our counties. While it might not be fashionable to remind people of this fact, there are currently 5,000 British troops on the streets of Ireland. Contrary to what some of the speakers tonight claim for the Good Friday Agreement, The Irish people as a whole did not approve the occupation of the 6 counties.
Secondly, the whole idea of Royalty is incompatible with modern society. A rich, parasitic entity such as the so called “Royal Family”, which has historically lived off the backs of ordinary Britions, should not be made welcome in this country.
Thirdly, I find it ridiculous that we would even consider paying millions of euros to facilitate a Royal Visit while this country is in the worst financial crisis in our history. The most vulnerable in our society are being forced to bail out the corrupt banks and developers, and now some of you want them to pay for a Royal Visit? Explain that to your constituents.