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Minister Flanagan announces weekend programme of Remembrance Sunday commemorations


Minister Flanagan announces weekend programme of Remembrance Sunday commemorations in Dublin, Belfast, Enniskillen and London.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD today announced details of Ireland’s participation in this year’s Remembrance Sunday ceremonies. For the first time since 1946, Ireland will participate in the wreath laying ceremony at the London Cenotaph.

Outlining the plans, Minister Flanagan said:

“This year, the Government will be represented at Remembrance Sunday commemorations in Enniskillen, Belfast, London and indeed in many countries around the world where we have Embassies, from Mexico to Nigeria.

“Taoiseach Enda Kenny will lay a wreath in Enniskillen and I will be in Belfast to participate in the Remembrance Sunday commemoration there.

“For the first year, the Irish Ambassador to Britain will lay a wreath at the commemoration ceremony at the London Cenotaph. This is a significant and welcome development which provides a chance to further reconciliation, to reflect on moments of shared and divided history and to remember all those who have lost their lives in conflict.

“As we move forward through this Decade of Commemorations, we will continue to commemorate the events that have had so much impact on the lives of the people on this island. In this context, I am pleased that the Government will also soon be announcing the plans to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

“It is important that one hundred years on from the start of the First World War, we mark the sad loss of men and women from all parts of the island of Ireland, through our participation in these Remembrance Sunday events.”

At home, the Tánaiste will attend the Remembrance service in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin.