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Foster's 1916 snub is unacceptable

Published 13/01/2016

There has been a muted response from the Irish Government and media to the announcement that the Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster has vowed she will not be associated with anything to do with marking the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

It was my understanding that the post of First Minister was to represent all the people of the North and to behave in a way conducive to promoting good community relations and equality of treatment.

Is Ms Foster not in breach of her ministerial code by showing such disdain for the cultural and political identity of more than 40% of the electorate of Northern Ireland?

There would be an uproar if Northern nationalist political representatives proposed to boycott the Somme commemorations.

The commitment to parity of esteem, equality, partnership, and respect for the historical traditions of all, as mandated in the Belfast Agreement, is in danger of becoming a one way street.

Tom Cooper

Irish National Congress

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