Belfast Agreement

Question to City Manager City Council Meeting 06/09/2010

Q37. COUNCILLOR BILL TORMEY
(a) Can the City Manager assure the elected members that the fog of war has been lifted from the streets of Dublin in the light of concerns set out below? (b) Has the Manager any plans to test the low self-esteem of citizenry who are afraid of the impact on the minds and hearts of our pure republican population of the presence of a Head of State whose only qualification is based on the name of her father? (c) Does the Manager agree that this whole issue should be forwarded to Gerry Stembridge for recycling? (d) Does this sort of garbage fulfill the criteria for incineration? (e) Has the Manager any idea of the length of time likely to answer the conundrum “When will they ever learn?” as set out below?

‘I am writing to you in relation to a motion which has been submitted by Councillor Louise Minihan in opposition to a British state visit by the ‘British Queen’ to the twenty six counties. I am totally opposed to such a visit and am calling on you support the motion when it comes up for debate and vote. I trust that you will publicly support both the motion and the sentiment contained within it.’

Brian Cowen’s government is set to invite Elizabeth Windsor on an official state visit, most likely in the summer of 2011. The only thing that can stop the ‘British queen’ from walking the streets of Dublin and elsewhere is people power. It’s easy to join the campaign to stop the British royal visit. Read on to see how you can help.

As you read this, there are more than 5,000 British combat troops, 9,000 paramilitary police and 100s of MI5 operatives occupying six Irish counties. Thousands more British soldiers are taking part in the Anglo-American occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. All of these forces are loyal to one person, the head of the British state and British armed forces, one Elizabeth Windsor, aka the ‘British Queen’.

Dublin City Council is scheduled to debate a motion opposing a British royal visit to the Twenty-Six Counties at their monthly meeting on September 6. The text of the motion, which was submitted by éirígí’s Councillor Louise Minihan, reads:

“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.”

Councillor Tormey has added

“That this City Council notes the number of unreconstructed nuts in Ireland whose olfactory organs are so damaged that they are incapable of smelling the roses, thus condemning themselves to fighting ancient wars when a truce has been called and the whole world has passed on.

“Then came the Great War: Every institution, almost, in the world was strained. Great Empires have been overturned. The whole map of Europe has been changed. The position of countries has been violently altered. The modes of thought of men, the whole outlook on affairs, the grouping of parties, all have en countered violent and tremendous changes in the deluge of the world. But as the deluge subsides and the waters fall short, we see the dreary steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone emerging once again. The integrity of their quarrel is one of the few institutions that has been unaltered in the cataclysm which has swept the world. (1922 Churchill)

Here I live in a world set in train by the Coal and Steel Community where Germans and French, Hungarians and Romanians, Poles and Germans, Irish and English can share sovereignty in the common good.

and I wake up and see Eirigi and fellow-travellers and feel sad. Yes,”Sad” that Ireland can produce such people of low self-esteem that they have to be against something; such low self-esteem that somehow the Queen of England, granddaugher of German immigrants can cause such a reaction. These people should follow the comedy of Prince Philip the Greek, Prince Charles of Private Eye and have a good laugh.

The lyrics “When will they ever learn” Apply.

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:

Councillor Tormey’s comments are noted. The Good Friday Agreement has fundamentally changed Anglo Irish relations. The Agreement was overwhelmingly endorsed by the people of Ireland North and South, in referenda held simultaneously on 22nd May 1998. The agreement represented a historic breakthrough and it commits all participants to exclusively democratic and peaceful means of resolving differences. Participants in the multi-party negotiations recognised it as a historic opportunity for a new beginning for relationships with Northern Ireland, between North and South and between Britain and Ireland. It envisages a future based on the acceptance of diversity and on the principles of partnership, equality and mutual respect, clearly committing the participants to “the achievement of reconciliation, tolerance, and mutual trust, and to the protection and vindication of the human rights of all”. Both Governments are committed in all circumstances to ensure that it is implemented to the maximum possible extent for the benefit of all communities.

(www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=335)

An opportunity to debate the motion referred to will be afforded to the City Council at their meeting on Monday 6th September, 2010.

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Vincent Norton, Executive Manager,
City Manager’s & Corporate Services Department