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Taoiseach and Tánaiste attend Remembrance Day ceremonies

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore became the first Irish Government Minister to participate in a Remembrance Sunday event in Belfast.

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THE TÁNAISTE AND Taoiseach both attended Remembrance Day ceremonies today.

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Eamon Gilmore TD, is currently on a visit to Armagh and Belfast.

He travelled to Belfast today to attend and participate in the Remembrance Sunday events hosted by Belfast City Council, and was the first Irish Government Minister to participate in a Remembrance Day service in Belfast this morning.

His spokesperson said the visit to Belfast “is an opportunity to underline the Irish Government’s support for reconciliation in Northern Ireland”.

Also today, Taoiseach Enda Kenny participated in a service at the cenotaph in Eniskillen, where 25 people were killed by an IRA bomb in 1987. RTÉ reports that he laid a wreath at the cenotaph, which was followed by a two-minute silence.

President Michael D Higgins is to attend a Remembrance Day service at St Patrick’s Cathedral today at 3.30pm.

West Belfast

The Tánaiste will meet with local community groups in West Belfast today whose reconciliation work is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the International Fund for Ireland and the EU.

He will meet the Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland, Dr Adrian Johnston and representatives of the communities forming the Duncairn Gardens Partnership. He will also visit the Duncairn Gardens Peace Wall at Alexandra Park.

Later today, he will attend the All-Island Schools Choir Competition, where he and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness will present the prize to the winning choir.

Yesterday, the Tánaiste addressed the SDLP Party Conference at the invitation of the party leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell in Armagh. According to his spokesperson, the visit was:

an opportunity to recognise the extraordinary contribution of the SDLP to peace and reconciliation on this island and to reinvigorate the close relationship between the Irish government and the SDLP as we embark on a new phase in Northern Ireland building on the success of the Good Friday Agreement.

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