Published Saturday, 07 September 2013
Eamon Gilmore laying a wreath on behalf of the Irish Government at City Hall. (© Presseye)
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said he hopes representatives from all sides can attend the 1916 commemorations in the Republic of Ireland in three years time.
He also called for those who lost their lives at the battle of the Somme, as well as Irish men who died fighting in a British uniform, to be remembered.
The comments were made at the British Irish Association on Saturday evening.
Mr Gilmore said: "Unless we are attentive and respectful to both traditions, nationalist and unionist, we will remain a divided society. We each bear a dual civic responsibility."
He added that, amid fears of rising tensions in Northern Ireland, nationalist and unionist communities should try to mark their historic milestones in a mutually respectful way.
The Foreign Secretary continued: "Both communities and the organisations which claim to represent them have the right to celebrate their history and traditions.
"But if these events commemorate acts of conflict or involve displays of triumphalism or antagonism against their neighbour then people need to reflect more deeply about the value of such commemorations and how they are marked."
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