Minister Flanagan welcomes visit of Prince of Wales to Ireland18 May 2015
“I and my government colleagues look forward to welcoming the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to Ireland this week. The significant international media interest in the visit and the range of features that were recently published in British newspapers indicate that this visit will add to the international profile of the west of Ireland, in particular the Wild Atlantic Way and also our cultural heritage as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of WB Yeats’ birth.
“I recall that the Prince of Wales had made peace and reconciliation central themes in his previous official visits in 1995 and 2002, both of which came during important stages of the Northern Ireland Peace Process. Reconciliation and dealing with the past are issues that can still challenge us, and were the subject of the Stormont House Agreement reached in Belfast last December. We are now working hard to realise the potential of that Agreement."
"I look forward to joining the programme of their Royal Highnesses in Sligo where their programme is rich and varied and will, of course, have very personal elements for our guests. Above all we will celebrate the strength of Irish-British relations today.”
18 May 2015