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Republic gave Queen a right Royal welcome

William Oxenham (Write Back, May 20) showed ignorance of facts regarding Irish-British history.

It's only a tiny minority of people here who would regard IRA bombings as anything but cruel, cowardly and criminal.

Whenever a British soldier or civilian of either state was murdered, common decency and humanity demanded that we recognised the sadness of that death and the grief inflicted on some father, mother, son or daughter.

If Irish people were a little rusty on the rubrics of Royal etiquette, I'm sure no offence was intended.

We treated the Queen like the great human being that she is and, if Mr Oxenham should ever come here, he will be treated like a king.

Moreover, the admiration and affection earned by the Queen and freely expressed by the people, where security allowed it, may more than compensate for any inadvertent slight.

JUDE O'HARA

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Donabate, Co Dublin


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