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Peter Robinson with Eamon Gilmore in 2011. Paul McErlane/Photocall Ireland
Northern Ireland

Tánaiste to meet Peter Robinson to discuss sport and peace

The Tánaiste will be going to the SDLP conference tomorrow and the Remembrance Day Ceremony in Belfast on Sunday.

TÁNAISTE AND MINISTER for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore is to meet Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness in Armagh this morning at a conference about sport and reconciliation.

Gilmore is to address a conference being organised by the three largest sports bodies in Northern Ireland to talk about the positive role sport can play in improving relations within and between communities in the North.

The Tánaiste said community-based groups have a big role to play in the reconciliation process.

“Sporting organisations are amongst the best placed to break down barriers at the local level,” he said.

He praised the GAA, the IFA and the IRFU for their work in Northern Ireland, saying that they have “enormous potential to change community relations for the better”.

The Tánaiste will remain in Northern Ireland until Sunday. He is due to attend the SDLP conference in Armagh on Saturday and the Remembrance Day Ceremony at Belfast City Hall on Sunday.

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