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Remembrance Day: Taoiseach and First Minister lay wreath

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Published 14/11/2016

First Minister Arlene Foster and Taoiseach Enda Kenny (second right) at the service at the Cenotaph in Enniskillen
First Minister Arlene Foster and Taoiseach Enda Kenny (second right) at the service at the Cenotaph in Enniskillen
Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Enniskillen

First Minister Arlene Foster was joined by Taoiseach Enda Kenny for the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Enniskillen.

The poignant service also remembered the IRA bomb which 29 years ago killed 11 people and injured dozens of others.

A 12th victim of the outrage died 13 years later having never woken from a coma.

Mrs Foster said she was honoured to lay a wreath at the cenotaph in Enniskillen.

The British Government was represented at the event by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Kris Hopkins.

Mr Kenny has taken part in the ceremony every year since 2012 and laid a wreath of green laurels (right), alongside the many red poppies at the Co Fermanagh town's war memorial.

His annual presence is symbolic of the greater recognition now afforded in the Republic of Ireland to those Irishmen who fought and died serving in the British Army in the First World War.

There were no discussions between the two leaders, who are expected to meet more formally this week in Dublin on Tuesday and again in Armagh, where Brexit is likely to dominate the agenda of Friday's north/south ministerial council meeting.

The biggest Remembrance Sunday event took place in Belfast, where more than 1,000 people turned out to pay their respects at the city cenotaph.

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