Article by Mary Kenny on why Ireland should re-enter the Commonwealth in the context of Brexit.
It left in 1949, not 1948. Australian Foreign Affairs Minister was very helpful in negotiating an exit with Attlee that would ensure Eire would get free movement of labour and trade benefits it enjoyed as a Commonwealth member. Canada also treated Eire as a Commonwealth member after it left. This led Churchill to say “When they were in they were out and when they were out they were in.’ It was like having your cake and eating it.
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Mary Kenny—Irish Independent
I wonder if Enda ever casts his mind back to the decisions of his direct predecessor in Fine Gael, John A. Costello, who, in a reversal of the current situation, took the 26 counties—then called “Eire”—out of the Commonwealth back in 1948.
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Mr John Bruton, former taoiseach (prime minister) of the Republic of Ireland and former European Union ambassador to the United States of America
Mr Frank Callanan S.C. (author of the Parnell split and T.M. Healy)
Mr Dermot Meleady (author of two volumes on the life of John Redmond)
Mr Tom Carew (local historian)
Chairman: Mr Felix Larkin
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