Senator Frank Feighan
The idea of Ireland rejoining the Commonwealth has been prominently supported by Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan, who was a former TD for Leitrim - Roscommon.
The Fine Gael Senator from Boyle argues membership would promote Ireland’s values on a global stage and strengthen economic relations internationally.
DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson told the Fine Gael party conference he would like to see Ireland join the Commonwealth last weekend.
Mr Donaldson received a round of applause when he mentioned the idea in Co Wexford on Saturday. he referenced Mr Feighan several times during his speech.
Ireland was a member of the Commonwealth until April 1949 when The Republic of Ireland Act 1948, came into force, severing all formal ties with the British Crown.
Fine Gael senator Frank Feighan will not seek the party nomination to contest the next General Election in Roscommon-Galway. Senator Maura Hopkins, who lives in the constituency, has declared her interest in running as the party’s candidate.