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New Sinn Fein MP McCallion attends WWI service

By George Jackson

Political history was created in Londonderry yesterday when a Sinn Fein MP attended a First World War commemoration service for the first time.

In her first public engagement since ousting the SDLP's Mark Durkan as MP, Elisha McCallion participated in the service at the cenotaph in the Diamond.

She was joined by party colleagues Martina Anderson and former Assembly speaker Mitchel McLaughlin.

Organised by the cross-border organisation The International School For Peace Studies, army veterans from both sides of the border gathered at the cenotaph to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Messines, when soldiers of the 16th Irish and of the 36th Ulster Division fought alongside each other for the first time.

Meanwhile, Dublin Minister Heather Humphreys laid a wreath on behalf of the Irish government at the War Memorial in Armagh in memory of the men of both divisions who fought side by side at Messines Ridge in June 1917.

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