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Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness to launch Easter Lily at Stormont

22 March, 2010

Sinn Féin MP and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness will tomorrow (Tuesday 23rd) join with the Belfast National Graves Association and the Sinn Féin Assembly Team in launching this years Easter Lily campaign.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s event Mr McGuinness said;

“Easter is the most important date in the Republican calendar, a time when we gather right across Ireland and beyond, to remember and commemorate those men and women, throughout the generations, who gave their lives in pursuit of Irish freedom and independence.

It is also a time when we recommit ourselves to the achievement of our Republican objectives.

The Easter Lily symbolises the respect and admiration we hold for our Patriot Dead and I am delighted that committee members from the Belfast National Graves Association will be joining us for tomorrows launch; their work in maintaining the graves and memorials to our Patriot Dead is vital to ensuring further generations know the history of the Republican struggle and are inspired to join with us today in working towards a united and free Ireland.

I would call on people to honour Ireland’s dead this Easter season by wearing their Lily with pride.” CRÍOCH

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