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Minister Flanagan to attend Remembrance Sunday Ceremony in Belfast

Commemorations, Minister Charles Flanagan, Press Releases, Northern Ireland, 2015

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan TD, will today attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in Belfast, where he will lay a laurel wreath. Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers MP, and the First Minister of Northern Ireland, Peter Robinson MLA, as well as the Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, will also attend the ceremony.

Speaking ahead of the ceremony, the Minister said:

“I am pleased to represent the Irish Government for the second year at the Remembrance Sunday commemoration at Belfast City Hall. Men and women from across the island and from all traditions were involved in the First World War, and today’s ceremony is an important opportunity to reflect on their lives and to recognise the impact that this conflict had on countless thousands of families.”

Minister Flanagan also welcomed the publication on Friday of Ireland’s programme to commemorate the 2016 centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

“It is particularly fitting that the Government’s programme to commemorate next year’s centenary of the Somme has been published at a moment when people across the island are coming together to remember the Irish men and women who died in the First World War. In addition to remembering all those who died, and the deep loss felt by their families and communities, this programme of commemorative events will help build an understanding of the events of 1916 in all their complexity and explore how they have resonated through the years since.”



7 NOVEMBER 20015

Editor’s Note