After taking part in the state commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin this morning Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness was the main speaker at the Easter Commemoration in Monaghan town today. Martin McGuinness said that “shared hurts need to be acknowledged, lessened, and if possible healed”.
As part of a wide ranging speech, Martin McGuinness said,
“Republicans are committed to a genuine process of national reconciliation and this means reaching out to the unionist community in a spirit of generosity and understanding. Earlier this month a confident and united Sinn Fein leadership decided that republican representatives, including myself, should participate fully in the Irish President’s state visit to Britain. Our party leadership took this decision in the context of republican objectives, and as an initiative to further strengthen the process of change and reconciliation.