[Dublin Mayor Christy Burke]
Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke is to seek support for a motion blocking any British royal presence at 1916 Rising commemoration events.
Mr Burke, who left Sinn Féin to become an Independent councillor in 2009, said he was unconcerned about what signals the move would send to the UK, given the stature of his office.Rather, he said, his belief that any royal participation would be inappropriate was a reflection of what he had heard from the public.
Mr Burke told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that he just wanted to ensure no royals were placed in front row positions when the celebrations take place.
Mr Burke said:“I’m asking the Taoiseach if he would consider not putting any members of the royal family in the front row or strategic positions during the 2016 commemorative, given the fact that relatives of men and women of 1916 have yet to be told that they will be even in attendance.”
(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)