Sunday 25 September 2016

Taoiseach invites British PM to 1916 Rising commemoration

Cormac McQuinn Political Correspondent in London

Published 25/01/2016 | 17:23

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) greets Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Number 10 Downing Street in London. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) greets Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Number 10 Downing Street in London. REUTERS/Toby Melville

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has invited the British Prime Minister David Cameron to Ireland as part of the commemoration of the centenary of the 1916 Rising.

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Mr Kenny announced the invitation after a meeting with Mr Cameron in Downing Street today.

Prime Minister David Cameron (left) with Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a press conference following a meeting at No 10 Downing Street in London. Matt Dunham/PA Wire
Prime Minister David Cameron (left) with Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a press conference following a meeting at No 10 Downing Street in London. Matt Dunham/PA Wire

Top of the agenda for the meeting was the so-called 'Brexit' referendum that will see the British public vote on whether or not to stay in the European Union.

However, developments in the north were also discussed and both leaders emphasised the strength of relations between Dublin and London.

Mr Kenny told reporters that he has asked Mr Cameron to visit Ireland this year.

"We also discussed.... 1916 centenary commemorations. We have a very comprehensive, inclusive, sensitive whole series of [events] this year .

"I've invited the Prime Minister to come over himself at some time during the course of the year if that's appropriate and obviously he'll consider that in due course."

Earlier Mr Cameron also spoke of this year's centenary.

"Of course 2016 also marks the centenary of some important events in our shared history. We will mark them as we should in a spirit of mutual respect, inclusiveness and friendship," he said.

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