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'Ma'am you brought people together across political divides'

Sep 9, 2022 18:09 By News Northern Sound
'Ma'am you brought people together across political divides' 'Ma'am you brought people together across political divides'
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'Tributes from the border region paid to Queen Elizabeth 11'

The incoming First Minister of Northern Ireland is calling on every community there to show respect in the wake of Queen Elizabeth’s death.

Sinn Fein's Michelle O’Neill joined other party leaders in signing a book of condolence in Belfast City Hall earlier today.

She said she was disappointed to hear of fireworks going off in some parts of the city last night and has made a plea for tolerance.

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Meanwhile, local memories of Queen Elizabeth 11 have been recalled today as people along the border region react to her death.

Deborah Erskine of the DUP in Co Fermanagh highlighted how during her visit to Enniskillen, Queen Elizabeth visited the Catholic Church in the town.

It was her first time to do that.

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Ms Erskine said Queen Elizabeth epitomised service and dedication and was 'a constant' during joy and troubles in our lifetime.

She added that the Queen is a woman who will always be remembered with fondness.

"Such was the appeal of Her Majesty the Queen, she brought people together both young and old and across political divides," Ms Erskine continued.

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"In Enniskillen we remember her deeply symbolic visit in which she crossed between the Anglican and Catholic churches."

Former Northern Ireland correspondent for RTE and Monaghan native Michael Fisher highlighted the impact of Queen Elizabeth's death on all sides of the political divide.

He also pointed to her historic visit to the Republic in 2011 and the moment when Queen Elizabeth 11 bowed her head in the Garden of Remembrance.

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"It was particularly symbolic when she went to the Garden of Remembrance and laid the wreath; she stepped back and bowed her head," added Mr Fisher.

"With that one simple gesture she was acknowledging all those who had given their lives for Irish freedom, in 1916 especially.

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