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Taoiseach Enda Kenny

In recent months, the Irish Government has advocated for our belief that the EU would be better with Britain as a leading member and that Britain and Ireland have always worked together very well as equal partners within the European Union.

I’m very sorry that the result of the referendum is for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. However, the British people have spoken clearly and we fully respect their position and their decision.

I want to assure the Irish public that we have prepared, to the greatest extent possible, for this eventuality. There will be no immediate change to the free flow of people, of good and of services between our islands.

We have previously set out our main concerns in the event of Brexit becoming a reality. These relate to the potential impacts for trade and for the economy and for Northern Ireland, for the Common Travel Area and for the European Union itself.

We have engaged in detailed contingency planning for the possibility of this result and this morning, at Government, we agreed to publish a summary of the key actions which we will now take to address the contingencies arising from the decision of the electorate of the United Kingdom.

Our primary objective remains to protect and to advance this country’s interest. I propose to further brief the Opposition leaders of those actions in the afternoon and the Dáil will be recalled on Monday.

The Summer Economic Statement, published earlier this week, includes an assessment of the potential economic impact of a UK vote to leave the European Union. Ireland is a strong, open and competitive economy and our ongoing economic recovery is testament to our resilience.

We will continue to implement policies that prioritise economic stability and growth and job creation and to use the benefits of that growth for our people.

…I want to say that we are acutely aware of the concerns which will be felt by the many thousands of people within the Irish community in Britain. Let me assure them that the Irish Government will also have their interests in our thinking, and very much in our thinking as we approach the forthcoming negotiations.

It is important to remember that the position of Irish citizens within the European Union will be unaffected. The other concern that the Government has expressed is about a British departure from the European Union relates to the impact on the European Union itself.

Ireland will, of course, remain a member of the European Union. This is profoundly in our national interest. After more than 40 years of membership, we have built up strong bonds of partnership with all the other member states and with the European institutions and that will continue to serve us well in the time ahead.

We must now, however, being a period of reflection and debate on how we can renew the union of 27 and equip it for the many challenges that lie ahead. There will be a discussion of the next steps at a meeting of the European Council next week.

I will set out, very clearly, our national position at that meeting and I will ensure that our particular national interests are fully respected as we prepare to enter the next phase of negotiations.

From Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s speech delivered earlier following the Brexit vote.

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Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald at the passing out ceremony for new gardaí in Templemore Garda College earlier today

From today you have full Garda powers. With such powers comes the great responsibility to use them appropriately, respecting the dignity of all persons you encounter in the course of carrying out your duties.

You have completed the first stage of what is a challenging and rigorous training programme and I congratulate you on that achievement. There is still much learning ahead of you before you are awarded your BA in Applied Police Studies.

In two weeks you will take up your assignments in Garda stations around the country. And I urge you to listen and learn from your tutors, assimilate their knowledge and experience, and use it to good effect as you serve local communities across this country.

Earlier I reminded myself of the principles of this great institution which has protected peace and security since the foundation of this State.

Honesty, accountability, respect and professionalism.

Principles are constant, they underpin everything you will do. But new ideas are the fuel that ensure these principles will continue to live and thrive and adapt to the realities of modern policing, an evolving police force, and a changing country.

So I urge you to bring your own fresh perspective and to share your ideas with your new colleagues across the Force.

The bond between An Garda Síochána and the community depends on trust and confidence. Public trust is earned by honesty, accountability, respect and professionalism. That is what the community expects from An Garda Síochána.

You will play an important role in your community and it is precisely because the service you will provide is so vital, so important to the well being of every citizen and our society as a whole, that you must ensure it is delivered to the very highest of standards.

The Report of the O’Higgins Commission of Inquiry identifies cases where standards were not met, where victims of crime were failed by An Garda Síochána.

That is as unacceptable as it is disheartening and we must take all actions open to us to ensure that these shortcomings are not repeated.

Victims must be at the heart of the Garda service.

In the past the needs of victims of crime have sometimes been overshadowed by a focus on apprehending and prosecuting perpetrators. We must ensure that our response to criminal behaviour is a comprehensive one while putting the needs of victims at the forefront.

I ask every one of you to think about what you can do to re-establish that trust and to ensure that victims of crime are well served when they come seeking your assistance and protection.

The Government is focused on bringing about improvements that will make An Garda Síochána the world class policing service that we all want it to be. To achieve this goal a number of reforms have taken place together with significant investment in resources.

Most significantly the new independent Policing Authority has been established to oversee the performance by An Garda Síochána of its functions relating to policing services. I look forward to the Authority playing an important part in the ongoing reform process.

Another important reform is in the law protecting whistleblowers. The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 ensures that there is a range of options open to those who want to report wrong doing. Now any Garda can have their complaints independently examined by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.

These are just two examples of important reforms that have taken place. As I have said on many occasions, there is no end to reform for any organisation. Reform is an ongoing journey of practical and cultural change that can never cease. As members, you must be open to new thinking and embrace change.

From a speech given by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald at the passing out ceremony in Templemore earlier today.

Read the speech in full here

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‘Nothing Has Changed’

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CFc8HIRUUAEWhb2Prince Charles in The Model in Sligo this morning

“Relations between Britain and Ireland have changed hugely since my visits in 1995 and in 2002. The Good Friday Agreement of 1998, and its successors, have transformed, for the better, the political and security landscape across these islands.

Only last month my son Harry and I were with the President and Mrs Higgins and Mr Flanagan in Turkey, as we paid our respects to the soldiers who fought and died in the Gallipoli campaign.

Even by the dreadful standards of the First World War, the death toll and suffering were horrific. However, the bravery of the troops, on all sides, was extraordinary. Amongst them were over 10,000 Irishmen, colonel rangers, Royal Dublin Fusiliers and Royal Munster Fusiliers and innumerable others, fighting side by side.

Tragically, over three and a half thousand Irish soldiers were killed and many more wounded at Gallipoli. At the time, many Irish nationalists hoped that their participation in the First World War would bring together people of different traditions across these islands. Sadly, of course, it didn’t turn out that way.

But a hundred years later, in remembering the scale of the suffering and sacrifice of that generation, we are at last finding common ground. Working to end the conflict in Northern Ireland brought the two administrations in Dublin and London more closely together.

My mother, the Queen’s, state visit to Ireland four years ago, and the President’s return state visit last year, were  further demonstrations of the historical change in our relationship. The success of those visits is clear evidence of the maturity of our relations which are now better than ever, based on mutual respect and friendly cooperation between two sovereign neighbours who share a huge amount in common.

We’ve shed our inhibitions about acknowledging the value that we bring to each other, as trading partners, as places to find work,  as sporting rivals and as contributors to a lively exchange of ideas and culture that enriches everyone. After all, the Irish have made a unique and important contribution to Britain – a wonderful warmth of laughter, spontaneity and imagination. Neither Ireland nor Britain enjoys such a deep and broad engagement with any other country.

Our current blessed dear old friendship and cooperation is not, however, founded on pretending that the past did not happen. We all have regrets. As my mother said in Dublin Castle, with the benefit of historical hindsight, we can all see things which we wish would have been done differently or not at all.

I’m only too deeply aware of the long history of suffering which Ireland has endured not just in recent decades but over the course of its history. It is a history which I know has caused much pain and much resentment in a world of imperfect human beings where it is always too easy to over generalise and to attribute blame.

At the end of the day, however, we should never forget that our acquaintance has been long and we can turn that knowing into something new and creative. We need no longer be victims of our difficult history with each other.

But I’m glossing over the pain and the past. We can, I believe, integrate our history and memory in order to reinvest a subtle harvest of possibility. Imagination, after all, is  the mother of possibility. Let us then endeavour to become subjects of our history and not its prisoners.

Ireland has had more than its fair share of turbulence and troubles. Those directly affected do not easily forget the pain. Recent years have shown us though, that healing is possible even when the heartache continues.

In August 1979, my much-loved great uncle, Lord Mountbatten, was killed alongside his young grandson and my godson Nicholas and his friend Paul Maxwell. And Nicholas’ grandmother the Dowager Lady Brabourne.

At the time I could not imagine how we would come to terms with the anguish of such a deep loss since, to me, Lord Mountbatten represented the grandfather I never had. So it seemed as if the foundations of all that we held dear in life had been torn apart irreparably.

Through this dreadful experience, though, I now understand, in a profound way the agonies borne by so many others in these islands of whatever faith, denomination or political tradition. Despite the tragedy of August 1979, the memories that Lord Mountbatten’s family have of Cassiebawn Castle and Mullaghmore, going  right back to 1946, are of great happiness.

I look forward to seeing, at last the place that he and they so loved and to meeting its inhabitants. Many of them showed the most extraordinary outpouring of compassion and support to both Lord Mountbatten and and Paul Maxwell’s families in the aftermath of the bombing. Their loving kindness has done much to aid the healing process.

A number of us will gather at St Columba’s Church in Drumcliffe under Benbulben’s head for an ecumenical service of peace and reconciliation. The poet Yeats, who is of course buried at Drumcliffe, once wrote that I shall have some peace there – the peace comes dropping slow.

As a grandfather now myself, I pray that his words can apply to all those who have been so hurt and scarred by the troubles of the past. So that all of us, all of us, who inhabit these Atlantic islands may leave our grandchildren a legacy of lasting peace, forgiveness and friendship.”

Prince Charles this morning.


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from top:  Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at the Model, Sligo;  Prince Charles meets Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese at a Service for Peace and Reconciliation at St. Columba’s Church Drumcliff , Sligo

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