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Ulster Unionist Party gives 'active and positive consideration' to holding Easter Rising event in Dublin

Mr Nesbitt said the event would not be to "celebrate but to challenge the causes and consequences"

Published 05/11/2015

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt
Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt

The Ulster Unionist party have indicated their intentions to hold their own event in Dublin next year for the centenary anniversary of the Easter Rising.

Party leader Mike Nesbitt says the event would be to "enhance" on recent years which has seen Ulster Unionists going to Grangegorman Cemetery in Dublin where British soldiers who died in the Rising are buried.

He told BBC's The View: "We are giving very active and positive consideration to our own event. Not to celebrate, but to challenge the causes and consequences of the Easter Rising."

Former Belfast Lord Mayor and Sinn Fein activist Tom Hartley has launched a programme of events set to take place next year to mark 100 years since the Rising.

The Dublin-based rebellion was a seminal staging post in Ireland's eventual breakaway from the United Kingdom in the partitioned settlement of 1921.

Sinn Fein has invited unionists to take part in a series of events to mark the centenary however the DUP have slapped down invitations to join the commemoration.

2016 will mark 100 years since the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme.

GPO in ruins 1916: Soldiers survey the interior of the post pffice in Sackville Street, Dublin, during the Easter Rising of 1916. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
GPO in ruins 1916: Soldiers survey the interior of the post pffice in Sackville Street, Dublin, during the Easter Rising of 1916. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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