The dictionary definition of the word 'republic' is as follows:

Republic (a.) A state in which the sovereign power resides in the whole body of the people, and is exercised by representatives elected by them; a commonwealth.

As Fianna Fáil has managed to cede our sovereign power to determine our finances to the unelected representatives of the European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund, I find it abhorrent that it still describes itself as "the republican party".

Unfortunately, political parties fall outside the remit of the advertising standards authority.

Mark O'Hagan

Rosehill West


Midleton, Co Cork