Obama and the Queen could visit

Bray People - - NEWS - ES­THER HAY­DEN

PRES­I­DENT BARACK OBAMA and Queen El­iz­a­beth could be pay­ing a trip to the Gar­den County this May if they ac­cept an in­vi­ta­tion from Wick­low County Coun­cil.

Cllr. Pat Casey said the visit of Queen El­iz­a­beth is ‘an op­por­tu­nity that Wick­low shouldn’t miss. I think it’s a his­toric oc­ca­sion and it is the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of a lot of pos­i­tive events over the years. It would be of great eco­nomic ben­e­fit to the county in terms of tourism.’

He said Queen El­iz­a­beth’s great grand­fa­ther had vis­ited Glen­dalough on Au­gust 5, 1871. Cllr. Sylvester Bourke agreed say­ing it was ‘ one of the best ideas to come out of the county in a long time’.

Cllr. Ge­orge Jones said the coun­cil should also in­vite Pres­i­dent Barack Obama say­ing he felt ‘ the most ap­pro­pri­ate lo­ca­tion for a visit is Glen­dalough. It is the most vis­ited site in the county’.

He said the visit of Queen El­iz­a­beth ‘is a tes­ta­ment to the work that Pres­i­dent Mary McAleese has done’. Cllr. Jimmy O’Shaugh­nessy said while some peo­ple might not agree with the Queen’s visit he said it would be great for the county from a tourist per­spec­tive.

Cllr. Pat Vance said Ire­land had close ties with both Bri­tain and Amer­ica and said both should be given a great wel­come to Ire­land.

Sinn Fein was the voice of dis­sent how­ever as Cllr. John Brady said ‘I’m sorry to rain on ev­ery­one’s pa­rade. He said ‘El­iz­a­beth Win­sor is still the com­man­der in chief of the Bri­tish Armed Forced who are still in oc­cu­pa­tion of part of my coun­try. He said ‘ as an Ir­ish Repub­li­can and a mem­ber of the Repub­li­can party’ he was op­posed to the visit.

Cllr. Grainne McLough­lin said if the Queen were to visit Wick­low it is im­por­tant that the graf­fiti at the Glen of the Downs say­ing ‘she is not wel­come’ is re­moved. .

The mo­tion to in­vite Queen El­iz­a­beth to Wick­low was amended to in­clude ex­tend­ing an in­vi­ta­tion to Pres­i­dent Obama Cllrs. Brady, Snell and Kelly voted against it how­ever 15 coun­cil­lors voted in favour of it.

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