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Minister Flanagan welcomes visit of Prince of Wales to Ireland

Visit to Ireland by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall is positive for Ireland - Minister Flanagan
Speaking on the eve of the visit to Ireland by HRH the Prince of Wales and HRH the Duchess of Cornwall, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD stated:  
“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.

“The visit programme celebrates the depth and potential of 21st century Irish-British links, while also acknowledging more difficult moments from the past.
“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."
Minister Flanagan will represent the Government during the visit of their Royal Highnesses to Co. Sligo on Wednesday and will welcome the Prince and the Duchess on their arrival.
He stated:

"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.” 
Press Office
18 May 2015