Diljit Rana urges Republic to consider rejoining Commonwealth

Ronan McGreevy – Irish Times – 17 April 2015

The Republic needs to have a “rational and serious debate” about rejoining the Commonwealth, a member of the House of Lords has said.

Speaking at the launch of the first branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) in the Republic, Indian-born entrepreneur Lord Diljit Rana said any debate must not be “governed by historical distortion, but rather recognise the truth of today and recognise that the Republic of Ireland has much to offer and lots to receive.”

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John Redmond … a life of service to Ireland

Given that this country is organised as a parliamentary democracy, one of the oldest surviving ones in Europe, and hopes to remain so, I argue most strongly that it is important to highlight, and celebrate, centenaries of parliamentary achievements, from the 1913 to 1923 period.

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Irish ambassador to lay London Cenotaph wreath

RTE News – Tuesday 14 October 2014

Ireland’s Ambassador to Great Britain Dan Mulhall will lay a wreath at London’s Cenotaph Remembrance Sunday ceremonies in November, it has been announced.

It will be the first time that an invitation has been issued and accepted and coincides with the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.

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> Remembrance Sunday: Irish government invited to Cenotaph

UK & Ireland Reciprocal Joint Visa Initiative

Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service: Justice minister announces that visitors will travel freely within the Common Travel Area on a single visa.

The British-Irish Visa Scheme will operate through a reciprocal visa arrangement, whereby Ireland and the UK recognise short-stay visas issued by each other for travel to each jurisdiction. This will allow the holder of a visa issued by the country of first arrival to travel freely between Ireland and the UK.

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