27 April 2006 Edition
Meeting with Britain's Philip Mountbatten ill advised
Sinn Féin's Daithí Doolan described a meeting between Bertie Ahern and Britain's Philip Mountbatten as ill advised. "Many people in Ireland were very uncomfortable when the then Taoiseach John Bruton described the visit by Charles Windsor to this country in 1995 'as the most significant event in his lifetime'. I think many people will view the proposed meeting this afternoon between the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Britain's Philip Mountbatten as just as ill advised.
"The people of this island owe nothing to Britain's Royal family and developing a new relationship between the people of Ireland and Britain surely doesn't require kow-towing to a British monarch", Doolan said.