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Queen says ‘reconciliation’ in Northern Ireland ‘cannot be taken for granted’ in country’s centenary message | Political news

The Queen said “reconciliation, equality and mutual understanding” in Northern Ireland “cannot be taken for granted”, in a message issued to mark the country’s centenary.

She said “continuous peace” in North Ireland “does honor to its people, on whose shoulders the future rests”.

Her Majesty has declared the 100th anniversary of the entry into force of the Irish Government Act as an “important centenary” which “reminds us of our complex history and gives us the opportunity to reflect on our solidarity and diversity” .

“The political progress in Northern Ireland and the peace process is rightly attributed to a generation of leaders who had the vision and the courage to put reconciliation before division,” the Queen said in her statement.

“But above all, continued peace is an honor for his people, on whose shoulders the future rests.

“It is clear that reconciliation, equality and mutual understanding cannot be taken for granted and will require sustained courage and commitment.

“During my many visits to Northern Ireland, I have seen these qualities in abundance and look forward to seeing them again on future occasions.”

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The monarch said she looked back with “affection” during her visit to Ireland with Prince Philip 10 years ago, adding: “I treasure my many memories and the spirit of goodwill I have seen firsthand.

“Across generations, the people of Northern Ireland choose to build an inclusive, prosperous and hopeful society, strengthened by the achievements of the peace process. May it be our common thread in the years to come ”.

In his own message to mark the milestone, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “People from all parts of Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the UK and around the world will address this anniversary in different ways. ways, with different perspectives.

“If this is a moment of shared reflection, it is …

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This notice was published: 2021-05-03 07:49:00