By REBECCA BLACK
Published on 15/03/2013 10:34 – Newsletter
ULSTER Unionist peer Lord Empey has called on the Republic to rejoin the Commonwealth.
Ireland left the Commonwealth when it declared itself a republic on April 18, 1949, but there have been calls intermittently since for it to rejoin.
Yesterday, Lord Empey made the call during a debate in the House of Lords on the Commonwealth.
“I would like to highlight the importance of the economic dimension to the Commonwealth,” he said.
“Approximately one-third of humanity is engaged in the Commonwealth and it very largely shares with people and businesses in this country a common language and very similar approaches to the law.