NI minister refuses invite to 1916 State commemoration
Published 21/03/2016 | 02:30
Northern Ireland's Justice Minister David Ford has refused an invitation from the Irish Government to attend an event to mark the 1916 Easter Rising centenary.
Mr Ford said he was "uncomfortable" about the Republic "marking the efforts of those who engaged in violence".
He said dissident republican terrorists who murdered policemen and prison officers in recent years would claim to be the "inheritors" of 1916.
The Alliance Party leader told the BBC's 'Sunday Politics' programme he had written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny outlining his reasons for declining the invitation.
"My problem is - the people who murdered Adrian Ismay, the people who murdered David Black, the people who murdered Ronan Kerr, the people who murdered two garda officers, would all claim to be the direct inheritors of Easter 1916," said Mr Ford.