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Taoiseach Varadkar's poppy hailed by unionists

By Cormac McQuinn

Unionists have praised the Taoiseach for wearing a shamrock poppy in recognition of Irish soldiers who fought and died in the First World War.

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson said Leo Varadkar's gesture was an example of how reconciliation could be promoted "respectfully" and without either of the two traditions in Ireland abandoning their core values and beliefs.

Mr Donaldson added he was pleased to see Mr Varadkar wear the poppy to commemorate the Irishmen "of all traditions who sacrificed their lives in the First World War".

Former UUP leader Mike Nesbitt wrote online that Mr Varadkar was "wearing his own style of poppy in Dail Eireann", adding: "That's leadership."

The Taoiseach posted on Twitter: "History is the study of the future. Almost everything has happened before.

"Let history be our guide, but let us never be its prisoner."

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