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Thursday 16 August 2018

Adams doesn't want Queen to visit here

SPOILSPORT Gerry Adams doesn't Queen Elizabeth to visit here - claiming it's "too soon."

Despite stressing the importance of Ireland's relationship with Britain, the Sinn Fein President thinks that authorities here should snub her visit.

President Mary McAleese has made no secret of the fact that she wants to welcome the British monarch to Dublin before she leaves office later this year. Plans are understood to be in development with a visit possibly by the summer.

But Mr Adams said: "I don't think the queen should come. There are hugely unresolved matters in terms of the British still claiming (jurisdiction) -- even though in terms of the Good Friday Agreement they have moved away from the Government of Ireland Act."

He argued that the monarch would not be welcome until a united Ireland was achieved.

"When we have right across this island to a dispensation based entirely upon the wishes of all of us who live here and no British jurisdiction at all, then that might be a better matter," he said.

At the same time, Mr Adams said it was important to continue to foster good relationships with our nearest neighbours and "they are, after all, our closest offshore island".

kdoyle@herald.ie

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