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Sunday 18 August 2019

Famine memorial: Honour victims by helping needy today - Taoiseach

Empathy: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar inspecting soldiers at the National Famine Commemoration in Stephen Street, Sligo, yesterday. Photo: James Connolly
Empathy: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar inspecting soldiers at the National Famine Commemoration in Stephen Street, Sligo, yesterday. Photo: James Connolly

Marese McDonagh

The best way to honour the victims of the Great Famine is by showing empathy to those who are suffering today, the Taoiseach said.

Leo Varadkar was attending the National Famine Commemoration in Sligo yesterday, a county which suffered greatly during the Famine, when its population fell by one-third.

Addressing a gathering which included ambassadors from around the world, Mr Varadkar said that the Famine was the "single most traumatic event in Irish history". "I believe the best way we can honour those who suffered and died during the Great Famine is by showing empathy with those who are experiencing similar problems today, whether through natural disaster, war or oppression," he said.

Irish Independent

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