Day of Mourning?

I see Bertie Ahern has rejected calls for a national day of mourning in memory of Pope John Paul II. While I realise that there are some very valid arguements against this and I recognise that we must remember that a sustantial percentage of people on the island are not of the Catholic faith, I still feel that if Fidel Castro in Cuba sees fit to call three days of national mourning, then surely Ireland should be able to justify one day in order to show our appreciation for a great leader, and a person for whom so many Irish had so much affection for.

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