Commonwealth Games



UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Taopiseach Enda Kenny at Downing Street this week

Top Brexit gossip — Could Ireland join the Commonwealth? Ireland has a troubled past with the U.K., yes, but it is nothing short of freaked out at the economic and border consequences of Brexit. So the idea of Ireland joining the Commonwealth is not as far-fetched as it sounds, according to Playbook’s source at the Commonwealth of Nations.

With the prospect of border problems between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland arising from a Brexit, there are real discussions about reuniting the two countries. If that were to happen, a good way to reassure the Unionists would be tying the united Irish Republic into the Commonwealth, also…

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43 thoughts on “Commonwealth Games

    1. Anomanomanom

      Expect its not. I think there is over 30 countries all with practically free trade and links. Its a bit backward not to see that as a good thing.

      1. Cata

        it’d be a regressive step. commonwealth is full of undemocratic/ barely democratic countries.

          1. Anomanomanom

            So a moron in other words. As pointed out already we only left in about 1935-36. So makes you better than people who fought,lived and were born during the rising.

          2. Cata

            Wow, someone really loves the Monarchy! It’s the 21st century, we’re a republic, as are most non-medieval minded countries.

          3. Anomanomanom

            I am the best of trolls when I want to be, your a bad one but il answer you all the same. You clearly hate Ireland if your only worried about the monarchy and not the benefits of your country. People like you should just immigrate.

          4. Cata

            Nothing is more important to a country than its dignity. Toasting a medieval relic is not commensurate with dignity.

  1. Formerly known as

    If the deal was – you can have a 32 county republic in exchange for rejoining the Commonwealth, I would say it is a great deal. The Commonwealth is a meaningless, apart from the Commonwealth Games, where Aussies show their sporting prowess, every four years. It would be easier for Ireland to win medals than any other international competition.

    Commonwealth = res public = republic.

    1. nellyb

      “you can have a 32 county republic in exchange for rejoining the Commonwealth” – 6 counties need to be asked if they want to be part of this transaction. May be they dont’ want to be a republic.

  2. mildred st. meadowlark

    We just this year celebrated the centenary of the 1916 rising. The Irish people were so proud of the sacrifices made to ensure our sovereignty. It would be awful to throw that away because of economic uncertainty.

      1. dav

        when an unelected ecb strong-armed a democratically elected Minister of Finance into a so-called bail out.

        1. Anomanomanom

          What conversation are you having. No mention of ECB blah blah in this post, so WTF are you talking about.

    1. Raymondo

      Ireland only left the Commonwealth because Republics weren’t allowed (at that time) to be members. We’d been members for about 20 years after 1916 and Dev even considered rejoining after the bar on republics was lifted. So it wouldn’t affect the celebrations much at all.

    1. Kieran NYC

      With security and everything, it was probably cheaper.

      Plus they’d probably want to take their time and organize a more formal, ‘official’ visit.

    1. James S

      New channels for dialogue with countries that host thousands of Irish families and workers, and are home to millions of people of Irish descent. Countries that are a source of talent, markets for our goods and services, investors and partners. Further reconciliation with those on our own island, particularly in the North. Joining on our own terms. Additional capacity to advance peace and reconciliation in other countries, and humanitarian efforts through dialogue. Opening new conversation with countries in Africa, the world’s future economic engine. With India, a huge economy with historical ties to Ireland. Working together to advance human rights, address environmental issues that affect the whole world like climate change. Competing in the spirit of friendship. Enhance tourism in Ireland by raising our international profile. *Create jobs*.
      What is there to lose? Pride? Would the opportunity to trounce England every four years in the Commonwealth Games help with that?

      1. Gero

        Thems fine words James, the commonwealth talks about it but does none of that fine stuff. It’s an irrelevant and useless talking shop for politicos on the lookout for the next junket.

  3. Truth in the News

    No doubt the British will expand the concept of the “Common Wealth” by allowing
    unfettered emigration from their former colonlies to share their Common Wealth
    after all they made substantial contributions to its treasury.

  4. Kolmo

    This so-called ‘Commonwealth’ talk really undermines those who stood up and gave literally everything to make a difference over the years, it’s an insult to everyone on this island, it assumes we don’t have the imagination or intelligence to stand on our own two feet like other small countries. Partition set it up that we’d be politically unstable and at the mercies of the mean spirited gombeens put in charge, look at Denmark, Netherlands etc

    1. Formerly known as

      The current 26+6 arrangement means that Ireland is not free. Yes, most of it is but a part of it has not been liberated. Join the Commonwealth and get a 32 county nation. That is what the patriots died for. I don’t think too many Irish heroes said let’s free part of Ireland.
      Australia is in the Commonwealth. Nobody here considers that a weakness. Yes, having a foreign flag and a foreign queen is seen as a problem by many Australians but nobody is saying Oz should leave the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth is powerless and irrelevant.

  5. Mulder

    Listen could Ireland not join the Russian federation, be good for trade and gas and oil.
    If have a problem then that nice man Mr Putin would only be too happy to ehh, help.

  6. CousinJack

    Joining commonwealth means nothing to RoI, but a lot to unionists, so those who fancy a uniited ireland (and the associated debt) should be supporting this

    1. some old queen

      The north is an economic basket case. If English nationalism results in NI funding being pulled, which is looking likely, associated debt will be the main issue for unionists.

  7. some old queen

    Does anyone know if Scotland planing to remain in the Common Wealth after Independence?

  8. Turgenev

    If they’re desperate enough to get rid of Northern Ireland to offer it in exchange for joining their association of formerly occupied states, perhaps they’d hand it over anyway?

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