Authorities officers attend conferences of North’s Centenary Discussion board on ad-hoc foundation

Parliament Buildings, Stormont, which opened in November 1932. Photograph: iStock

Authorities officers have attended conferences of Northern Eire’s Centenary Discussion board on an ad-hoc foundation, it has emerged.

The Division of International Affairs mentioned on Sunday it was not a member of the Discussion board, however its representatives had been invited to, and had attended, seven conferences of the physique, and remained “out there to attend future conferences if invited to take action.”

That they had completed so, the division mentioned, “to make sure good communication and sharing of expertise by way of our respective [Centenary] programmes,” including that departmental officers had been participating with a “broad vary of stakeholders from Northern Eire”, together with Northern Eire Workplace [NIO] officers and members of the Discussion board, “to tell the Authorities’s strategy to the forthcoming centenaries.”

The Centenary Discussion board was arrange by the Northern Eire Workplace – which represents the UK authorities within the North – to advise on the commemoration of the a hundredth anniversary of the institution of Northern Eire in 1921.

The Discussion board, which met for the primary time in September, contains group representatives and politicians from the DUP, Ulster Unionist get together and Alliance.


Sinn Féin and the SDLP declined to participate, and have mentioned the centenary of the partition of Eire and the creation of Northern Eire is nothing to have fun.

The Sunday Enterprise Submit reported on Sunday that the Minister for International Affairs, Simon Coveney, turned down an invite from the Northern Secretary, Brandon Lewis, to appoint an official to sit down on the Discussion board.

The newspaper quoted particulars of electronic mail correspondence from the minister obtained by a Freedom of Data request through which he knowledgeable Mr Lewis he wouldn’t settle for the invitation.

“We’d not suggest that the Irish Authorities (by the Division of International Affairs) be a member of or be formally represented on the discussion board,” Mr Coveney wrote.

As an alternative, he mentioned, he can be open to nominating officers to attend on an “ad-hoc foundation” with a view to “guaranteeing good two-way communication, sharing of expertise and viewpoints and, the place attainable and acceptable, cooperation in our respective planning for forthcoming centenaries.”

A UK authorities spokesperson informed The Irish Occasions it was “dedicated to working collaboratively on our bold programme to mark the centenary of Northern Eire, together with with the Irish Authorities.

“2021 marks a big milestone within the historical past of Northern Eire and gives an vital alternative to facilitate nationwide recognition and worldwide consciousness of Northern Eire, reflecting on our shared historical past and constructing for the long run.”

A programme of occasions to mark the North’s centenary was introduced by the British authorities earlier this month.

It features a £1 million shared historical past fund for group teams, an interdenominational church service and a programme which inspires younger individuals to discover what the following 100 years may appear like, in addition to a enterprise present case occasion in London, a particular postmark and a “Centenary Rose.”

Tutorial occasions which replicate on the historic context of the centenary may even be held in partnership with an skilled Historic Advisory Panel.

The North’s Meeting may even maintain a sequence of talks and occasions.

A proposal by the DUP, Ulster Unionists and Conventional Unionist Voice (TUV) for a commemorative stone to be erected at Parliament Buildings at Stormont was rejected by Sinn Féin.

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