I was pleased to read that the Queen has been pleased to accept an invitation from the President of Ireland to pay a state visit to Ireland this year. The Queen will be accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh.
It seems to me that the Republic and UK should be good neighbours and whilst scum like Gerry Adamsand his IRA/Sinn Fein brigade foolishly posture and would seek to deny the visit, most Irish and British people will simply wish it every success.
I note the timing is in May – the month of the Assembly election in Northern Ireland. The NIO is always keen to bring Royals over around election time to ensure that unionist nerves are calmed – so I trust that no such cynical motive lies behind the timing of this event.