Eamon Gilmore to lay wreath at Belfast Remembrance event

Friday 09 November 2012 23.40
Eamon Gilmore will be the first Government minister to attend the Belfast event
Eamon Gilmore will be the first Government minister to attend the Belfast event

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore are to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies in Northern Ireland this weekend.

It was announced yesterday that Mr Kenny will travel to Enniskillen on Sunday.

He will participate in the Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph there, where an IRA bomb claimed the lives of 12 people 25 years ago this weekend.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed to RTÉ News that Mr Gilmore will lay a laurel wreath at Belfast's Cenotaph during the Remembrance Sunday ceremonies.

A number of times in the recent past Belfast City Council invited the Government to play a role in the Remembrance Sunday event at Belfast's Cenotaph.

Mr Gilmore will become the first minister to accept the invitation.

It will be one of a series of engagements in Northern Ireland over the weekend by the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

After the Remembrance Sunday event, he will attend a function at the Cultúrlann in west Belfast.

On Sunday evening, he and Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness will be guests of honour at the All Island School Choir Competition final in Belfast's Titanic Centre.

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