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Saturday 3 December 2016

No need for royals to get involved in 1916 centenary - Gerry Adams

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Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (L) speaks with Republican party Sinn Fein leader, Gerry Adams
Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (L) speaks with Republican party Sinn Fein leader, Gerry Adams

SINN Fein President Gerry Adams said he does not believe the success of Prince Charles's visit to Ireland warrants a royal involvement in next year's 1916 commemorations.

Mr Adams said the Irish Government has already ruled out inviting members to partake in the celebrations, adding that this position has been accepted by the Royal Family.

The Louth TD made the remarks after his historic meeting with Prince Charles in Galway as part of the Duke of Cornwall's visit to the West of Ireland.

Mr Adams shook hands with the Prince before holding a private meeting also attended by the North's Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness.

Speaking to reporters in Dublin, Mr Adams said the meeting was a "big thing for Charles to do and a big thing for us to do".

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"I think it was good for everyone, I'm very mindful of victims and survivors of the conflict from all sides but I think it was a very good step.

"It was a big thing for Charles to do, it was a big thing for us to do. It's what the governments and the other parties make of it and build on it. I think at a popular level, yes I think it was a good day and a good thing to do," Mr Adams said.

Citing Nelson Mandela, saying "you don't make peace with your friends", Mr Adams said meetings with figureheads in Britain is an important step towards reconciliation.

But asked whether consideration should be given to a royal involvement in the Easter Rising events next year, Mr Adams said he does not believe this issue will be considered.

"They and the Government have both ruled that out. I would have very little in common, obviously, with a member of the Royal Family. I would never be reconciled to partition or to British government involvement in the affairs of the people in this island," Mr Adams said.

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