Irish groups curious on Charles III’s N Ireland approach: Analyst

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Brian Feeney says federalists and Republicans are uncertain about how King will manage relations with rival political groups.

According to Irish political analyst Brian Feeney, King Charles III’s rise to power in the United Kingdom following the death of his mother Elizabeth II creates uncertainty for rival political groups in Northern Ireland.

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King Charles is in Northern Ireland on Tuesday, leading mourners across four parts of the United Kingdom for Queen Elizabeth, before her mother’s coffin is moved to London for four days before the kingdom lay.

Feeney, who is also a historian, told Al Jazeera that the Queen’s vision for Northern Ireland, which she ruled for more than 70 years, has changed Sinn Féin, the main Irish nationalist party, towards the British monarchy.


“Whether this will continue with the new monarch is another matter, but of course the Republican attitude toward the monarchy has evolved over the past decade,” Feeney said.

Sinn Féin, a republican and democratic socialist political movement, is the oldest Irish political party in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Sinn Féin supports the establishment of a single Irish state that unites the whole of Ireland.

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Queen Elizabeth II was the first British monarch to visit the Republic of Ireland in a hundred years, when she visited in 2011 under extremely strict security measures, a powerful gesture of reconciliation.

During his visit at that time, he recognized the Irish Republic and shook hands with Martin McGuinness, a Republican politician and former leader of the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

About 3,600 people were killed and more than 30,000 injured until an agreement was signed in 1969 to 1998, largely due to the IRA and other groups fighting against British rule in Northern Ireland and to defend and defend the union with Britain. To bring peace among those fighting for it.

In 2011, the Queen also laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance in the capital Dublin, “dedicated to all those who gave their lives for Irish independence”.

According to Feeney, Sinn Féin was careful to separate the queen from the symbolism of the monarchy, which Republicans associate with imperialism and colonialism. Feeney says that time will show how the relationship with Charles will develop.

The political analyst also noted that there is panic among federalists, who favor Northern Ireland as the remainder of Britain, with the sudden death of the Queen, a continuing supporter of their movement.

“They are shocked by the loss of the Queen and unsure whether King Charles will have the same commitment to the federalists in the north of Ireland,” he said.

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