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That Armagh ‘commemoration’ controversy September 17, 2021

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Not impressed by the extremely confected controversy about the participation of the President of Ireland at a commemorative church service in Armagh that has ‘been titled as ‘marking the centenaries of the partition of Ireland and the foundation of Northern Ireland.”

As Wes Ferry noted in comments:

Hat tip to one-time People’s Democracy Belfast City Councillor Fergus O’Hare for this reminder:

“Unionists standing firm in refusal to attend 1916 celebration events.
“The DUP and UUP are maintaining a frosty attitude to attending any Easter Rising commemoration events ‘“ with a particular aversion to anything which smacks of celebrating the insurrection, they confirmed last night.”

https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/unionists-standing-firm-refusal-attend-1916-celebration-events-1256609?fbclid=IwAR3iTqSCNo4Gkvf0heDZiAE4OGVMQMYPMldQb-uwj-eJb0UQ-z9cG8tayxE

But the President had a very considered and emphatic response of his own:

He told reporters that what had started out as an invitation to a religious service had, in fact, become a political statement.

President Higgins said the title of the event made it made it inappropriate for him to attend as it marked the centenaries of the partition of Ireland and the formation of Northern Ireland.

Mr Higgins said he had also been referred to as the President of the Republic of Ireland, when he was the President of Ireland.

President Higgins said he wished the service well and, in a reference to Queen Elizabeth, said there was no question of any snub intended to anybody.

On RTÉ it was noted that he also referenced the fact that there was an element of coercion in the Treaty negotiations and so on. It will be useful to see what else he has to say.

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