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Bomb Found in Ireland Hours Before Queen Elizabeth’s Arrival

Bomb Found in Ireland Hours Before Queen Elizabeth’s Arrival

Hours before Queen Elizabeth arrived in Ireland, the army defused a bomb discovered in a tote bag in the luggage compartment of a bus that was heading toward Dublin.  The narrowly averted violence shows that while Queen Elizabeth’s visit is of great symbolic importance, there are still active dissidents who find her presence on Irish soil to be offensive.  The Queen’s visit is the first by a British monarch since Irish independence; George V went to Ireland in 1911, while it was still part of the UK, and no kings or queens have visited since.

Queen Elizabeth, wearing a symbolic green suit, was greeted by President Mary McAleese when she landed in Ireland.  The security for her visit will cost $42.4 million, an incredible sum considering that Ireland is in fairly desperate economic straits.  Manholes, culverts and drains have been sealed in advance of her arrival, and Dublin residents will be subject to random searches.

Activists have already made it clear that Queen Elizabeth is not welcome in the Republic of Ireland.  These dissidents are unhappy with the fact that there is a contiuing British presence in Northern Ireland after the Good Friday agreement, feeling that this prevents Irish unity.

But British and Irish officials say that these activists are a small minority, and that most Irish citizens welcome Queen Elizabeth’s visit.  Sir John Major, who was prime minister when the 1998 peace deal was brokered, said, “I think you can find people who will demonstrate against anything or anyone on any occasion, so I think there may well be a handful of people who will demonstrate, but that plainly — from what we’ve seen in the nine months of preparation — is not the view of the overwhelming majority of the Irish people.”

Will the Queen’s visit go smoothly?  We’ll keep you posted as events unfold.

 

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8:53AM PDT on May 24, 2011

the hatred of great britain in ireland must run deep...
but what exactly does 'splosing the Queen accomplish?

11:47PM PDT on May 22, 2011

And blowing up the queen is a good idea because?

8:30AM PDT on May 22, 2011

for those who commented on my "head of state" comment.. well, you don't see the queen sitting at the GSummits, representing the UK in NATO, or any other union/group. She is just a figurehead, not a political figure, and that's why, I think, the PM has a lesser chance of being blown up on visiting Ireland.
Mike and Janis, no, she isn't making an "effort", she's simply going on holiday. As for your political/geographical lowdown, I know it's hard to get it all right, because there are so many details, but... "great britain" is the ISLAND of England, Scotland, and Wales. As opposed to "lesser britain", a chunk of northern france. Great Britain is part of the british islaes, yes, a geographical, not political term. If you want to but the bit the Queen has charge over (England/Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland), it's called the United Kingdom. (or, as it says on the passport, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

8:37PM PDT on May 20, 2011

I personally like a monarchy - it saves a lot of trouble and expense of having a president. You only have to look at the cost of presidential campaigns in the US to see that having a monarchy makes sense. A president and past presidents have to be protected as well - at huge costs.

11:37PM PDT on May 19, 2011

Americans please put sanction against Ireland their are terrorist planting bomb against such a cute Queen of England please use drone attacks against Ireland terrorist they are threat to the world please send you forces to help your friend in need

4:42PM PDT on May 19, 2011

How pathetic. What exactly would be the point of killing an old lady whose political influence has always been minimal?
Think of all the tourist $$$ Ireland has missed out on over the decades because of this violence.

8:48PM PDT on May 18, 2011

Time to end this war!

5:23PM PDT on May 18, 2011

Don’t believe the hype, I live in the UK and seldom talk to anyone who is in favour of the monarchy. All we get here is a media whitewash, and a biased view point in it’s favour. I would never advocate violence, but I can understand why people dislike this rather strange and peculiar inbred family.

2:14PM PDT on May 18, 2011

There is still a lot of work to be done, but Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Ireland is a step in the right direction. The biggest stumbling block in the path to bringing N. Ireland into the Republic is that N. Ireland wants to remain part of the United Kingdom. If not for that, Westminster would have returned Ulster to the Irish years ago.

Anyone who says there are only a small number of people protesting the British presence in N. Ireland are lying or out of touch. The lack of violence does not equal lack of supporters.

10:52AM PDT on May 18, 2011

What I meant to say is Bringing the UK and Ireland together in "peace" along with the rest of the world... I know about Ireland.. I am Welsh. I know that Ireland is not part of the UK.. It was just a poor choice of words on my part. I agree about the cost of her visit.. I live in the USA now, in Calif. and we, the State of California are bankrupt.. We recently had a visit from our President to Calif.. and it cost us lots of money we did not have... Every Country has it troubles with their governments, and we the people don't have much say no matter where we live.

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