Carrick-on-Suir Town Council has decided to formally invite Prince Charles of Wales to visit the town’s Tudor Ormond Castle following recent reports that he is to visit Ireland.
The Council’s nine elected members unanimously passed a motion at their April meeting requesting the local authority to issue the invitation, which is to be sent via the Department of Foreign Affairs.
The motion was tabled by Independent Cllr Pierce O’Loughlin, whose 2011 motion requesting the Council to invite Queen Elizabeth 11 to Ormond Castle was rejected by a majority of councillors.
He praised the “outstanding” welcome President Higgins received at Windsor Castle during his recent State visit to the UK and expressed the hope the Council had learned from the missed opportunity in 2011 of not inviting Queen Elizabeth to Carrick.
Cllr O’Loughlin said he had been informed by a senior Minister that Prince Charles was going to visit Ireland and that is why he tabled the motion. “I think we need to get in there first with our invitation... If he comes, we will be on the world stage.”
Even the Council’s Sinn Fein member David Dunne supported the motion explaining that he represented the community in Carrick not just himself. But he did voice his opposition to the British monarchy, pointing out that Prince Charles was head of the parachute regiment responsible for Blood Sunday in Derry and quoted anti-royalist comments made by Morrissey of The Smiths to illustrate his point of view.
Cllr Margaret Croke said she would like Cllr Dunne to look to the late Cllr Michael Browne from Cashel, the first Sinn Fein representative to shake Queen Elizabeth’s hand. It was an act that was very much part of us moving on in Ireland. And she reminded Cllr Dunne there were a lot of Irish people working in England.
Cllr Dunne clarified that he had nothing but admiration for English people, especially working class people.
Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan supported the motion but asked should the UK’s elected head of state be invited to the town. “It’s funny that it’s just royal invitations we send,” she said.