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Why republicans oppose royal visit

The proposed visit of the Queen of England to the 26-county state is intended to signal British occupation and the partition of Ireland is now normal and acceptable.

A visit by the head of the British state, while that state continues to occupy and partition Ireland, will be opposed by true republicans.

In 1911, patriots such as James Connolly, Maud Gonne and Helena Maloney led republican and progressive resistance to a similar attempt to pacify Ireland with a British royal visit.

They did so under the banner "Thou art not conquered yet, dear land" and, in 2011, those who have neither been purchased nor intimated will be sending out the same, clear message.

MARY BRENNAN

Princeton, New Jersey

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