John Redmond: a Life of Service to Ireland

RedmondJohn Redmond had a political career of 39 years and became an MP in his twenties. Previously he had worked as a clerk in the House of Commons where his father had been a member.

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Remembrance Service from St. Patrick’s Cathedral 2014

RTE_RemembranceService from St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. The annual ceremony began in 1919 to remember lives lost in the conflict.

> Broadcast: Sun 09 Nov 2014 (Available until 1 Dec)

> Ireland and UK Remembrance Shared

> Remembrance Sunday: the Cenotaph TV Coverage | Coverage on Radio

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Irish ambassador to lay London Cenotaph wreath

MulhallAmbasadorLondonRTE News – Tuesday 14 October 2014

Ireland’s Ambassador to Great Britain Dan Mulhall will lay a wreath at London’s Cenotaph Remembrance Sunday ceremonies in November, it has been announced.

It will be the first time that an invitation has been issued and accepted and coincides with the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.

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> Remembrance Sunday: Irish government invited to Cenotaph

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UK & Ireland Reciprocal Joint Visa Initiative

CommonTravelAreaIrish Naturalisation and Immigration Service: Justice minister announces that visitors will travel freely within the Common Travel Area on a single visa.

The British-Irish Visa Scheme will operate through a reciprocal visa arrangement, whereby Ireland and the UK recognise short-stay visas issued by each other for travel to each jurisdiction. This will allow the holder of a visa issued by the country of first arrival to travel freely between Ireland and the UK.

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Scotland shows 1916 Rising a mistake, says John Bruton

Home Rule Speech JBruton 18-Sep-14Ireland could have taken same ‘peaceful path’ to independence with Home Rule

Stephen Collins – Irish Times, 18 Sep 2014

Ireland could have followed the same peaceful path towards independence that Scotland is considering today, according to former taoiseach John Bruton.
In a speech today on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Home Rule Bill into law (September 18th, 1914), Mr Bruton pointed to the way the referendum on independence for Scotland had come about.

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> Reform Group Seminar 18 September 2014

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Ireland and UK Remembrance Shared

PresHigginsIrish Independent – 31 Jul 2014

President Michael D Higgins has described a national sorrow that soldiers who fought in the First World War and their families were shunned for decades in their home country.

Unveiling the first Cross of Sacrifice ever erected in the Republic of Ireland to servicemen and women killed in both world wars, Mr Higgins said the disrespect could not be undone although they are honoured now.

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Also: 31 July 2014: Dedication of Cross of Sacrifice, Glasnevin Cemetery

On Thursday 31 July President Michael D. Higgins led a ceremony to dedicate the newly installed Cross of Sacrifice in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin 11. The erection of the cross is a cooperative venture between Glasnevin Trust and the Commonwealth Graves Commission (CWGC). The service was attended by a wide range of public, diplomatic, and military representatives, along with members of the public. The event was was addressed by President Higgins.

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> Dedication of Cross of Sacrifice, Glasnevin Cemetary, Broadcast Thu 31 Jul 2014

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Image: President Michael D Higgins has unveiled the first Cross of Sacrifice erected in the Republic of Ireland. Photo: Irish Independent.

 

Embassy marks centenary of 1914 Home Rule Act

Emb-1914-Panel-discussion-540x320An event to mark the centenary of the Home Rule Act took place in the Embassy with a distinguished audience of parliamentarians, academics, officials, business, community and cultural representatives, and media. The panel of expert guest speakers from Ireland and Britain included former Taoiseach John Bruton, Lord Paul Bew, Professor Michael Laffan and Professor Richard Toye and was chaired by broadcaster Fergal Keane.

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> Broadcast on BBC Parliament on Saturday 5 July

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Bank on booming Britain

davidmcwilliamspDavid McWilliams – 16 June 2014

While you may have been watching the opening game of the World Cup on Thursday night, the Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney sent sterling surging towards a five-year high with his speech at the Mansion House in London.

This move in Britain could have a significantly positive effect on the prospects of the Irish economy.

In the real world of commerce, we have always depended more on Birmingham than Berlin.

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Commonwealth plays vital role

Kamalesh SharmaSunday Independent –  27 April 2014

Madam – Dan O’Brien (Sunday Independent, April 13, 2014), gives thoughtful consideration to the value to small states of multilateralism in general and the Commonwealth in particular.

However, there is ample evidence to counter his assertion that the Commonwealth is “not a hugely important organisation for any of the 53 countries in it”.

As he himself acknowledges, smaller, more vulnerable states have more to gain from being in to ‘clubs’ where all members are bound by the same rules.

For that reason, and many others, membership of the Commonwealth is central to those of our 31 members with populations of less than 1.5 million, the internationally agreed definition for a ‘small state’. A quarter of the members of the G20 also belong to the Commonwealth.

This offers opportunities for interface, and direct and crucial global advocacy facilitated by the Commonwealth plays a vital role in ensuring that due consideration is given to the concerns of developing and vulnerable nations when decisions are made that can have very significant impact on their trade, environment, social and economic stability, sustainability and resilience, and addressing serious capacity shortages.

Kamalesh Sharma,
Commonwealth Secretary-General,
Marlborough House, London

Sunday Independent –  27 April 2014

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All things being equal we have a club to join

IrishRegimentsFlagsDan O’Brien – 13 April 2014 – Sunday Independent

‘States have no eternal friends, only eternal interests.” So said Lord Palmerston, a leading 19th-Century European statesman, prime minister of Britain and Ireland on two occasions and landlord of a 12,000-acre estate in Sligo. Palmerston’s view is the ultimate realpolitik view on relations between states.

While it goes too far – countries whose peoples share values and many personal connections can and do have important bonds of friendship – it is mostly correct. Interests are always the main determinant in how states behave.

Last week provided further evidence of the normalisation of how the Irish and British states behave towards each other with President Michael D Higgin’s state visit to the UK.

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> Kamalesh Sharma – Commonwealth plays vital role

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