There is controversy this morning as Roscommon senator and ex-TD Frank Feighan has claimed Ireland should seriously consider returning to the Commonwealth.
Mr Feighan has angered many with his views in which stated that Ireland’s return to the commonwealth would strengthen “economic and cultural ties internationally”. The Fine Gael TD told the Seanad Order of Business: “Among the Commonwealth’s many noble objectives is the promotion of democracy, rule of law, human rights, good governance and social and economic development.”
“Yes, there will be detractors from obvious quarters about the notion of re-joining the Commonwealth but would such a move not fit perfectly with this new era of political and religious tolerance on our islands?
Before adding: “Would rejoining not help further develop a pluralist Ireland where all our different identities are always mutually recognised and respected? Would it also not just strengthen existing trade, business, cultural and political relationships but nurture new ones across the world?”