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Border peace monument is planned
Bertie Ahern
Bertie Ahern was speaking at the annual Easter Rising ceremony
Irish Premier Bertie Ahern has proposed building a monument to peace to be located in the border region.

Bertie Ahern said if his party was returned to government, it would commission an international competition to design and construct the landmark.

He was speaking at the annual Fianna Fail Arbour Hill commemoration.

Mr Ahern, who recently shook hands publicly with DUP leader Ian Paisley, also urged dissident republicans and loyalists to move towards peace.

Mr Ahern told those gathered for the 1916 Easter Rising commemoration: "I believe, that Orange and Green have never been so close.

"We stand at a new dawn. We can clearly see the open path for the two great traditions on this island to work together to deliver the prosperity, better services and quality of life that will flow from peace."

He said it was time to "commemorate the extraordinary achievement of peace" and that his party would pledge five million euro to the project.

"This monument will stand as a symbol of the achievements of all communities and individuals who have worked so hard to deliver peace these past decades," he said.

"It will send out a clear message to the coming generations - that the peace we have built is to be cherished. It should never be taken for granted."

Devolved government is due to be returned to Stormont on 8 May following an agreement between Sinn Fein and the DUP to share power.




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