The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has welcomed the Government's efforts to promote reconciliation and inclusivity in the 1916 Easter Rising Commemorations. 

In a statement issued this evening, Theresa Villiers said she recognised the significance of this weekend for Irishmen and women around the world. 

She also said that whatever one's perspective she welcomes and appreciates the efforts of the Irish Government to ensure the centenary is marked in ways that are inclusive and designed to promote reconciliation. 

In Northern Ireland, the largest commemoration event is expected to take in Belfast tomorrow when marchers will gather at Hamill Street in the Lower Falls area and parade to Milltown Cemetery. 

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams is due to speak at the rally.

50 years ago, an estimated 70,000 people took part in the 1966 Easter gathering in Belfast to mark the 50th anniversary of the Rising.

To coincide with the 1916 Rising commemorations, new artwork has been added to the International Wall on the Falls area of west Belfast. 

It includes a section which depicts Edward Carson during the 1912 Home Rule crisis and the 32 County Sovereignty Movement yesterday organised a demonstration to protest about this feature of the Wall.

A Sinn Féin Assembly member for the area, Fra McCann, said the new murual was supported by the vast majority of the people in the area and those involved in the protest were out of touch.

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