Royals welcomed to Easter Rising events

Published Saturday, 07 September 2013
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Members of the Royal family, the British government and unionist leaders will be welcomed to events marking the centenary of the Easter Rising.

Royals welcomed to Easter Rising events
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."

© UTV News
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33 Comments
Séamas in Béal Feirste wrote (222 days ago):
Fair enough then. Let's get the 'mutual respect' ball rolling in November and have a special wreath laid at all cenotaphs to commemorate the Irish men who fought and died in all conflicts on the side of Irish independence, regardless of their religion. The orange order could also do their bit by similarly using their July Somme commemoration events to further the mutual respect agenda with wreaths for the 1916 Easter Rising leaders shot by the British in the pursuit of retribution.
martin in belfast wrote (222 days ago):
No Unionist/Loyalist politican will have the courage to attend this event, hopefully someone from the royal family will. Unionist/ Loyalist politics is in free fall, a laughing stock.
kit in westmeath wrote (223 days ago):
Not welcome full stop
Frosty in Here wrote (223 days ago):
@Shane in Strabane, neither are the Falkland Islands or Gibraltar, but they both declare themselves to be British, both under dispute from foreign governments, against the wishes of the residents. Surely it is up to them?
AK in Ireland wrote (223 days ago):
@ric And why would it not be an ira fest? Its their commemoration ya pleb lol
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