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Posted by PJ on June 07, 2004 at 22:44:53:
Further to the posting below and especially in the light of President McAleese's curiously (coincidentally?) timed opening of the Irish Peace Park in Messines in Flanders today to commemerate the Irish dead of WW1, am I the only one who wonders why Ireland in the form of Minsiter Brian Cowen or, as a minimum, some government official, wasn't represented at the Normandy Beach on Sunday as an acknowledgment of the 66,000 Irish men who fought for foreign armies in WW2 mnay of which (My Grand Uncles included) landed on the Beaches in June 1944 as part of the US or British Armies?
It seems to me that Brian Cowen or Bertie has been in attendence at every dogfight or pow wow over the past five months "as the representative of the EU" and any sensitivity about Ireland's participation in the light of her neutrality and behaviour during "the emergency" could surely have be navigated around conveniently using this device on such a symbolic occasion.