2016 offers hope of a fresh start for everyone - McGuinness
Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said 2016 offers hope of a fresh start for everyone across Ireland.
Speaking after attending the launch of the year of commemoration of the centenary of the Easter Rising in Dublin Castle, Mr McGuinness said;
"This is an important year of commemoration as we mark the centenaries of the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme.
"Both of these events are landmarks in our history and marking these anniversaries respectfully and inclusively would display a real sense of political maturity.
"2016 offers hope of a new beginning to everyone across the island of Ireland.
“The men and women of Easter 1916 struck to achieve an all-Ireland republic built on civil and religious liberty, social justice and equality for all citizens.
“Their vision remains hugely significant and precious to nationalists in the north.
“This centenary year is an opportunity to build on the vision of the Proclamation to cherish the children of the nation equally, including those who have fled wars and famine to find sanctuary here in Ireland.
"The recent agreement offers a fresh start for the political institutions in the North and we must build on that to ensure they deliver for everyone in the community.
"There will be a lot of work to do and many challenges to face in the year ahead but I am committed to working constructively with others to ensure a positive year for all our people."