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Fermanagh plan 10th December event to reflect and recognise suffering

9 November, 2004


Sinn Féin Fermanagh Council Chairperson, Cllr Gerry McHugh outlining plans for a Day of Reflection on December 10th to serve as a means of reflection and recognition of the suffering of everyone who has been affected by war and conflict in and from County Fermanagh has said:

"As the Chairperson and first citizen of Fermanagh I am honoured to represent our County which has deep cultural and historical roots that characterise the diversity of our community. During my year I intend to give emphasis to a number of the themes that I feel are important for all the people who live here. One of the themes I am exploring is the concept of a remembrance event that would acknowledge all hurts caused through war and conflict.

"A civic 'Day of Reflection' would reflect a sincere authentic tribute to all who have lost their lives as a result of war and conflict and to all those who still live with the pain and memory of that loss.

"The Day of Reflection will serve as a means of reflection and recognition of the suffering of everyone who has been affected by war and conflict in and from County Fermanagh, and that there is a need to have their experiences validated and recognised.

"The Day of Reflection will be an inclusive, non-hierarchical, civic event in its form and content, established to provide public space for all in the community who have lost loved ones and to remember those who died as a result of war and conflict.

"The Day of Reflection will act as a reminder of the pain and suffering experienced by our citizens, and in remembering tragic events of the past, hopefully prevent them from recurring in the future.

"I have embarked on a consultation process with victims groups, community groups, the Churches and political parties as to how best we should mark our day of remembrance and am determined that we will reflect the feelings of all the people of Fermanagh.

"When concluded, I will be publicly detailing and inviting people from across the Fermanagh community to a Civic Day Of Reflection to be held on the 10th of December in the expectation that the day of reflection will become an annual event and that it will evolve into a unique and respecting event, which is informed and supported by all the citizens of our County and Council area." ENDS

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