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Minister Flanagan to attend Remembrance Sunday ceremony in Belfast

Minister Charles Flanagan, Northern Ireland Peace Process, Press Releases, Northern Ireland, 2014
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, will today attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in Belfast, where he will lay a laurel wreath to remember those who died in the First World War.

The Minister will be joined by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers MP, and the First Minister of Northern Ireland, Peter Robinson MLA, as well as Lord Mayor of Belfast Nichola Mallon.

Speaking ahead of the ceremony, the Minister said:

“Today’s ceremony is a chance to reflect on the sad events of a hundred years ago when men and women from all parts of this island and from all traditions, left their homes to fight in the First World War.“

The Minister added:
 
“I was pleased to accept the invitation to participate in today’s ceremony at the Belfast Cenotaph and to lay a wreath, on behalf of the Irish Government, to remember all those who died. I believe attendance at such commemorations shows respect for all traditions and helps further reconciliation on the island of Ireland and across these islands.”

Minister Flanagan also welcomed Ireland’s participation in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in London for the first time since 1946.

ENDS

Press Office

8 November 2014