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Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill to attend Royal British Legion wreath-laying ceremony for first time

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill

SINN Féin minister Michelle O'Neill is to attend a Royal British Legion wreath-laying ceremony for the first time today.

The deputy first minister will accompany DUP First Minister Paul Givan to the annual Somme commemoration ceremony in Dublin.

The event is due to take place at the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge.

It will be addressed by representatives from the Royal British Legion districts in Dublin and Northern Ireland.

It is the first time that Ms O'Neill will take part in a wreath-laying commemoration organised by the Royal British Legion. She previously attended an Armistice Day service.

Today's ceremony will remember those who died in the two World Wars, including around 60,000 Irish men and women.

The Royal British Legion said that "official wreaths will be laid by government and civic leaders from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland".

In 2015, Sinn Féin's former Stormont speaker Mitchel McLaughlin attended the same commemoration with the then Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh.

Ms O'Neill, the Sinn Féin vice-president, is also due to attend the National Day of Commemoration in the National Museum of Ireland tomorrow along with Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

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