The foundation stone for a monument to those who died during the two World Wars has been laid in Dublin by representatives from the British and Irish Governments.
Irish Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan was joined at Glasnevin Cemetery by the Secretary of State Theresa Villiers and the British Ambassador to Ireland Dominick Chillcot to lay the foundation for the Cross of Sacrifice.
The foundation stone was put in place by the delegation, and the cross will commemorate the 208 servicemen and women who died during both World Wars and are buried at Glasnevin.
"It is a great honour for me to attend this event and lay the foundation stone for this new Cross of Sacrifice," Ms Villiers said.
"I can think of no better setting for a memorial to remember the tens of thousands of Irishmen who made the ultimate sacrifice during the World Wars," she added.