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Atrocity of `74 remembered in 2011, or is it?

The much publicised visit of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth the second will commence tomorrow, and in doing so it will see the first visit to Ireland by a British monarch since the country earned it’s independence in 1921. 

The newly elected government have opted to bring over the Queen and US President Barack Obama a week later to show the world that Ireland is open for business and that the country continues to be the land of ten thousand welcomes. 

The visit of Elizabeth Windsor has virtually locked down the entire region in and around Dublin City centre with severe traffic restrictions now in place and many places been closed off to the public. If last month’s Royal Wedding between Kate Middleton and Prince William was to show a new view of the royals as been closer to the people, then this visit totally contradicts that. Not one well wisher (and there are many) will be allowed a sniff of the very air the Queen breathes.

 There are many that will protest this visit of the British Monarch and rightly so. There are both right and wrong reasons for her making this trip along with British Prime Minister David Cameron. 

Beginning with the positive aspect of this historical visit, it has endeared our nation to the world. A nation, who fought for its freedom from its noisy neighbours and a nation that is now willing to move on and forget the violent turmoil of the past. Ireland view England as our greatest trade partners and Taoiseach Enda Kenny has continually labelled Ireland as open for business. The view of this visit has been largely positive by all corners of Irish society with a few exceptions. The trip may well enhance our business prospects with our friends from across the Irish sea, but perhaps the trip will do more bad than good.

 Possible terror on our streets, restricted movement for everybody, not too mention evoking terrible memories for many. 

The story of Ireland in the early part of the 1900s was best told through the tales of uprising and civil war, a battle for freedom and an identity of our own. Fast forward to 2011 and the story of Ireland is radically different. The Emerald Isle has gone from boom to bust in the space of ten years and now find’s itself subject to large influence by the International Monetary Fund and some of Europe’s bigger nations. Indeed we borrowed from Britain.

 With a huge loan of almost €80 billion to be paid back for our bailout, why, in these gloomy economic times, are we spending €30 million on the visit of the Queen and Obama when some sectors of our society are roaring out for investment. Our health system is a joke. Our unemployment level is a joke. Our leadership has, is and seemingly always will be a joke.

 Yes, tight security is essential owing to the large threat posed by dissident forces operating on this island but €30 million has essentially been thrown down the drain to have a British monarch parade on these shores. This is a symbolic trip but at this time Ireland needs more than this, much more. 

How significant is this trip? A lot of people have mentioned that this trip is highly significant for everyone involved with the country however few have spoken about it’s timing. 

May 17th 1974. Simultaneous bombings rip through Dublin and Monaghan leading to the death of 33 innocent civilians and wounding up to 300 more. It is alleged that the British government under the guidance of the Queen played a role in these bombings along with the Ulster Volunteer Force. 

What thought did the leaders of this country give to those 33 civilians who died that day when they invited the Queen over on the 37th anniversary of the attacks? Why dance on the graves of those innocent victims of the car bombing atrocities? Why not wait for a better time? Why not wait until the recession is over? 

No protests in Dublin will be allowed to go ahead while the Queen is here with Gardaì enforcing strict measures against potential protesters. No justice has ever been brought for the dead and the British government continue to withhold key files that the victim’s families so desperately crave. 

Those families have written a letter to the Queen and Cameron in an attempt for them to end the secrecy but will their letter ever get into the hands of the leading British figures?

Bomb Threat On Eve Of Queen Visit

Dissident Irish Republicans have put London on red alert after issuing a coded bomb alert for an un-named location within the English capital, one day before Queen Elizabeth the second is set to visit Irish shores.

Scotland Yard confirmed that they had received the call on Sunday evening and security in central London has been radically increased with citizens asked to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity. No time was given during the call.

Roads were closed near Buckingham Palace this morning after an officer spotted “something suspicious” at 4.20am.

A suitcase, found near Trafalgar Square, was also destroyed in a controlled explosion.

The threat comes on the eve of the Queen’s historic visit to the Ireland, the first by a British Monarch since the country gained its independence in 1921.

With Dublin on lockdown for the royal visit and security costs of up to €30 million been muted, tensions are running high.Many feel the country simply cant afford this visit.While some people plan peaceful protests for this reason it is mainly the threat posed by the Republican`s that has everyone worried .The Gardai and Defence Forces are  also on high alert in Dublin, after numerous suspicious packages and devices have been found in the run up to the queen`s visit. 

British Home affairs correspondent Mark White gave his verdict on the threat.He said: “The use of a coded warning takes this alert well above the norm.

“Every day the police respond to security alerts which turn out to have been false alarms with good intent.

“But here is seems an individual or a group with specific knowledge of the dissident republican coded warning system has called to make a bomb threat.

“The police cannot afford to do anything but treat this with the utmost seriousness.”