Sinn Fein claims ‘wrong call’ by Irish Government to attend NI centenary service

Sinn Fein vice-president Michelle O’Neill has criticised the Irish Government’s decisions to send Simon Coveney to a church service marking the centenary of partition.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 8th October 2021, 11:36 am
Sinn Fein vice-president Michelle O'Neill
Sinn Fein vice-president Michelle O'Neill

Irish president Michael D Higgins declined an invitation to the service, set to be attended by the Queen, because he believed it was not politically neutral and he had concerns about the title of the event.

Asked about news Mr Coveney would attend, Ms O’Neill said: “I think it’s the wrong call.

“It’s a matter for the Irish Government to make its own decisions. But I think that it is wrong for the Irish Government to attend the event.

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“I think that we all know the sensitivities around the decade of centenaries and that those things need to be handled sensitively.

“But when it comes to the issue of partition, it’s a catastrophe. It’s failing people.

“It’s actually very current, and it impacts people’s lives here today and has been detrimental to relationships on this island and across these islands. So I think it’s wrong.”