UUP leader Tom Elliott will outline in Dublin why the Republic should consider re-entering the Commonwealth as Britain celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Mr Elliott will be the guest speaker at an event in Trinity College, Dublin to mark International Commonwealth Day on Monday 12 March 2012 [Room 3126, 3rd Floor, Arts Building] @ 6pm – the second year running the event has been held in Dublin by Reform.
The Reform Group is a non-denominational, non-party body based in the Republic of Ireland, advocating the development of Ireland for a new generation to foster a post-nationalist, pluralist Ireland.
Speaking ahead of the event the UUP leader said the Queen’s visit to Dublin and Cork last year suggested a new relationship between the two states.
“Developments during the past 15 years have witnessed a sea change in the relationship between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and also the Republic and the entire United Kingdom,” he added.
“The Queen’s visit to the Republic was a resounding success. She received a tremendous welcome wherever she went and some commentators were moved to raise the question of whether or not the Republic should rejoin the Commonwealth.
“As part of the Commonwealth the Republic would not only cement its new relationship with Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, but would join a family of over two billion people worldwide.”
Event organiser, Robin Bury, said Commonwealth Day is an opportunity to promote understanding on global issues, international co-operation and the work of the Commonwealth’s organisations, which aim to improve the lives of its citizens.
“The theme for Commonwealth Day 2012 is Connecting Cultures and we are delighted that Mr Elliott will help us mark this year’s celebrations in Dublin. Ireland could use its impressive experience in world organisations like the U.N. to influence the future development of the Commonwealth, an organisation with 32 republics, radically changed since Ireland left,” he added.
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