Former Minister for Justice and Progressive Democrats leader Michael McDowell has said that 12 July should be made a national holiday in the Republic.
Mr McDowell said that if we were genuine republicans and if the orange panel in the flag meant anything, then we had to consider building an inclusive society.
He was speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Co Donegal.
The former Justice Minister said that the stakes are high.
He asked if the Good Friday Agreement was a sticking plaster over an open and infected wound or a stage on the path of genuine reconciliation.
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