Ulster Unionists Remember Irish Soldiers at Islandbridge
11 July 2016
Ulster Unionist Leader Mike Nesbitt laid a wreath at Islandbridge in Dublin to commemorate those Irish soldiers who died at the Somme. The event is usually organised by the Royal British Legion in Ireland but as this was the centenary year the event was organised by the Irish Government. Wreaths were also laid by Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA and Economy Minister Simon Hamilton MLA.
Ulster Unionist West Tyrone MLA said 'I have attended this event and the Irish Government's Kilmainham event for several years, the Kilmainham event is organised to commemorate the service of Irish men and women in the world wars and with peacekeeping duties overseas with the UN. This was a very impressive event and I attend to remember my late grandfather who as a young man walked from Ballybay to Monaghan in 1905 and served with the colours in the Royal Irish Fusiliers until 1926. He was injured in St Elois in 1915 and was returned to the UK where he was posted to the depot in Dover as a Sergeant Instructor. Irishmen have a strong proud record of service with the British Army, Royal Air Force and the senior service the Royal Navy and it is only right that the Irish state acknowledge this.