WHEN a neighbor dies, most humane and civilized people in the area generally pay their last respects to that person and sympathize with their bereaved family. This is usually done notwithstanding any disagreements or disputes that may have arisen in previous years.
o, as good neighbours, it is right to honor Britain’s Queen Elizabeth today and pay her last respects when she is solemnly buried in London. Unusually, the President and the Taoiseach will be among the leaders attending the royal funeral.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin will also meet the new British Prime Minister, Liz Truss. While this is not the time or place to discuss business matters, it is hoped that a proper working meeting between the two executives will be arranged as soon as possible.
Political work has appropriately been put on hold since the Queen’s death. But this will resume tomorrow and there are many urgent matters for political leaders in both Dublin and London to work on.
Crowds queued for hours to pass the monarch’s coffin as she lay in state in recent days. This illustrated the high regard she enjoyed in Britain thanks to her 70 years of dedicated service.
Her very first visit here in May 2011 is well remembered in this country and was recognized as a great success. Her bowing of the head in reverence at the Garden of Remembrance and well-crafted speech at a state dinner in Dublin Castle were milestones of reconciliation in Anglo-Irish relations.
Given the wealth of strong social and cultural ties between these islands, it was a pity Queen Elizabeth could not visit this jurisdiction sooner and more frequently. Her love of horses and rural activities would have made such visits a real joy.
Since the Brexit referendum and the subsequent mendacity of former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson – in flouting an international agreement giving Northern Ireland special trade status – British-Irish relations have deteriorated dramatically. That alone requires urgent attention.
The Brexit issue will soon reach another peak, probably in a few days. There are indications that this would already have happened, apart from the political hiatus caused by the Queen’s death. This is an enormous challenge for the Irish Government and its officials.
Unfortunately, there is little hope that the British side will show goodwill in the negotiations in order to reach a viable compromise on the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol.
The alternative to compromise is a damaging and inevitable trade dispute between the EU and the UK that will hurt many at a time of worsening economic troubles.
Ireland must make its voice heard and leave no stone unturned to achieve a fair and reasonable EU-UK deal.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/editorial/ireland-must-be-heard-loud-and-clear-as-northern-protocol-comes-back-into-sharp-focus-this-week-41998725.html Ireland needs to be heard loud and clear as Northern Protocol comes into focus again this week