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British-Irish Council Summit postponed as mark of respect

The council were due to meet tomorrow but have postponed the event following the death of the Taoiseach’s mother.

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Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

TOMORROW’S MEETING OF the British-Irish Council has been postponed as a mark of respect following the death of Eithne Kenny, the mother of the Taoiseach.

The summit was due to be held tomorrow, the same day as the funeral of Mrs. Kenny.

The Irish and British governments said they would work together to agree a new date for the summit.

The British-Irish Council was set up under the Good Friday Agreement with an aim to “promote the harmonious and mutually beneficial development of the totality of relationships among the peoples of these islands”.

Kenny’s mother Eithne passed away yesterday, aged 93. Her body will be reposed at Coady’s Funeral Home in Castlebar from 4pm to 8pm today. She will then be removed to the Church of the Holy Rosary.

The funeral mass will be held at 11am tomorrow.

Newstalk this morning reported that Enda Kenny was tearful after last night’s Presidential Dinner as he talked about his mother. He said he wanted a celebration of her long life.

Read more: Tributes for Taoiseach’s mother Eithne Kenny>

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