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Belfast Easter Rising parade sees Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams call for healing of divisions

By David Young, PA

Published 28/03/2016

The Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
The Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Gerry Adams Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Gerry Adams Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast Photo by Kevin Scott/Presseye
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Sectarianism and division in Ireland must be tackled if the vision of the 1916 Rising is to be realised, Gerry Adams has told a centenary commemoration in Belfast.

The Sinn Fein president addressed a crowd of thousands at Milltown Cemetery in the west of the city at the culmination of a parade organised by his party to mark the rebellion.

The Louth TD said 100 years on from the pivotal moment in Irish history much work was still needed to create the society envisaged in the leaders' proclamation of independence and heal divisions between unionists and nationalists.

"The peace process and the (1998) Good Friday Agreement marked a historic shift in politics on this island," he said. "For the first time the roots of conflict were addressed and a democratic route to Irish unity opened up.

"But there is much yet to be done. Hurts must be healed, divisions ended and the scourge of sectarianism must be tackled."

Crowds lined both sides of the Falls Road as the parade passed by with an Irish wolfhound called Tara at the lead.

Many participants dressed in military uniforms of the period, some carrying replica weapons.

The parade ended at the republican plot at Milltown Cemetery, where wreaths were laid. Among those to place a wreath was Sean Kelly, the man convicted of the IRA's Shankill Road bombing in 1993.

Mr Adams told the crowd: "For our part, the 1916 Proclamation remains the mission statement for Irish republicans today.

"It is a freedom charter for all the people of this island.

"The Proclamation is also a declaration of social and economic intent for a rights-based society."

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