Minister praises inclusiveness in 1916 events
The 1916 commemorations were a shining example of the spirit of inclusiveness between Ireland and the UK, according to Arts Minister Heather Humphreys.
In an address to British Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett in Dublin last night, the minister thanked the ambassador, his predecessor ambassador Dominick Chilcott and embassy staff for their contributions to some of the 60 State ceremonial events held last year to mark the 1916 Easter Rising.
They included an event to mark the deaths of British soldiers during the Rising as well as a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.
"It says a lot about the warmth and closeness of the relationship between our neighbouring countries a century on from the seismic events of 1916 that we are gathered here. I was always determined this would be a year for everyone, it would be inclusive to the greatest possible extent - and it's safe to say that this has been delivered in full," she said.