Grandfather of Irish minister signed Ulster Covenant

Archbishop Eamonn Martin pictured yesterday at Church House in Belfast for the Remembering and Reassessing 1916. Picture by Hugh Russell.
John Monaghan
THE Irish government minister responsible for the 1916 commemorations has said State events to mark the anniversary "do not seek to be triumphalist or divisive." Arts minister Heather Humphreys, whose grandfather signed the Covenant, made the comments at a conference yesterday examining the major events of 1916. Speaking of her grandfather, Robert James Steward, who signed the Ulster Covenant in 1912, Mrs Humphreys said: "I am sure that at the time he never in his wildest dreams would have thought that his only granddaughter, a little over 100 years later, would serve as a[...]

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