The Duke of Edinburgh has made his second visit to the Irish Republic. He officiated at a presentation of awards to young adults in Dublin on Wednesday with Irish President Mary McAleese. He also payed a courtesy visit to Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern before returning to Britain. The visit has been criticised by Republican Sinn Fein who said it was a "warm up" for a state visit by the Queen in the near future. If that happened, it would be the first visit by a ruling British monarch since Ireland became independent in 1921. President McAleese has said in the past that she would love to see such a royal visit but it would only happen after a resolution of the peace process and after the two governments had agreed to it. I think the Queen would be welcomed in the Republic. Contrary to popular belief, not every Irish person in the Republic agrees with the idiots of Sinn Fein.