As republicans, Sinn Fein is very aware of the symbolism of a state visit by Queen Elizabeth of England and of the offence it will cause to many Irish citizens, particularly victims of British rule and those with legacy issues in this state and in the North.
We are also very conscious of the attitude of our unionist neighbours.
Sinn Fein is in favour of the normalisation of relationships between Ireland and the UK.
This will require the ending of the Partition of Ireland and the ability of all the people of this island to shape our own |society free from outside interference.
President McAleese has invited the English monarch and Sinn Fein respects her right to do so.
However, we believe this visit is premature and we expect our views to be respected also.