Belfast Telegraph

SF mayor: I thought of my ancestor as I laid wreath

By David Young, PA

Sinn Fein's Belfast Lord Mayor said that he had thought about his great-great-grandfather, who died at the Somme, as he was laying a wreath to commemorate all those who had been killed during the battle.

Yesterday John Finucane laid a laurel wreath at the Cenotaph at City Hall, and in keeping with recent tradition when Sinn Fein has held the position of first citizen, Mr Finucane stayed away from the official commemorative event.

Mr Finucane, whose solicitor father Pat was murdered by loyalist terrorists, said he hoped his gesture would be interpreted by unionists as a genuine effort to reach across the community divide.

The Belfast councillor, who also had another relative killed during the First World War, said that he was "very proud" to have laid the wreath, particularly with his family connection to the conflict.

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