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Ahern hopes for 'shared future'
Bertie Ahern
Bertie Ahern hopes politicians will work together
The Irish prime minister has said he is hopeful that the political parties in Northern Ireland will work towards a future together for everyone.

Bertie Ahern said he believed that was the message being sent out from this year's Easter Rising commemorations.

"We want to commemorate the past and where the state was founded on," he said.

"We also want to give the inclusive message that we want to work on shared history and work on our shared future."

This Sunday marks the 90th anniversary of the Rising, when rebels seized control of parts of Dublin and proclaimed Ireland a republic.

The rebellion was put down by the British in a week of fighting.

This year also sees the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in which both the 36th (Ulster) and 16th (Irish) Divisions fought in the battle between 1 July and 13 November 1916.

Mr Ahern said that he hoped there could be work on a shared past.

"I think we can do that - we'll do it on this Easter and do it on the Battle of the Somme," he said.

"We want to work together on things that bring us together and hopefully we can also do that with the assembly, which will start off again next month, and hopefully we can do an inclusive executive as well - I think that's what the people want us to do."




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