Prince Charles to ‘reconcile’ IRA and Britain
Prince Charles is to meet Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams today (19.05.15) to promote “reconciliation and healing”.
Mr Adams will be among a number of politicians to greet the prince as he begins his four-day royal visit to Ireland, and the meeting in Galway will be the first in the Republic of Ireland between the Sinn Féin leadership and a member of the British Royal Family.
Prince Charles has always denied he’s a member of the IRA, and during his trip to Ireland, Charles, who will be joined by the Duchess of Cornwall, will visit the village of Mullaghmore in County Sligo – where his great-uncle, Earl Mountbatten, was killed by an IRA bomb in 1979.
Party chairman Declan Kearney said the Prince will be meeting Mr Adams, as well as Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, in order to reconcile Britain and IRA’s troubled past.
He told BBC News: “This was agreed to promote the process of resolving past injustices and promoting reconciliation and healing.”.
Prince Charles’ mother, the Queen of England visited Belfast in 2012, where she met Mr McGuinness. Their handshake at the Lyric Theatre was considered a historic event.
Speaking when the visit was announced, Mr Adams said the meeting between the two countries would be “an opportunity to promote reconciliation and build on the good work done by Martin McGuinness and the English Queen”.