Irish Politicians Head To Kennedy Funeral

Irish leaders are on route this weekend to the USA.

A delegation, led by Taoiseach Brian Cowen and NI Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, (pictured) will tomorrow (Saturday) pay their final respects to Senator Edward Kennedy, who died earlier this week.

Senator Kennedy, whose funeral will take place in Boston, will be laid to rest at the Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, where his brothers, former US President John F Kennedy and Senator Robert Kennedy are also buried.

Former SDLP Leader John Hume and his successor Mark Durkan are also expected to attend the ceremony.

Books of condolence have been opened across the world in honour of the 77-year-old senator, who lost his battle with a brain tumour on Wednesday.

The US Consulate at Danesfort House in Belfast has also opened a book, offering Northern Ireland residents the opportunity to mark the long-serving statesman's death.

The public can sign it between 2pm and 4pm today (Friday).

The consulate has also provided an email address to forward condolences to the late senator's family belfast-condolences@state.gov

Hundreds queued in the Irish capital yesterday to write their tributes to the Massachusetts senator.

Irish Ambassador Daniel Rooney, speaking from Dublin, said Mr Kennedy had played a crucial role in the NI peace process.

"He was instrumental in advancing the historic ceasefire in 1994, and he contributed to the talks that brought peace," said Mr Rooney.

"In the Senate, he introduced resolutions condemning all violence in Northern Ireland and expressing support for the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 as the blueprint for lasting peace."

DUP First Minister Peter Robinson said the late senator was "a politician of world renown whose influence was felt across the world".


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

16 July 2024
Council Prepares To Welcome Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series
Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council is set to welcome the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series to Ballycastle this weekend. The Council's Tourism Team has created an essential guide, "Everything You Need to Know About the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Ballycastle - July 2024" for those eagerly anticipating this exciting event.
19 July 2024
Infrastructure Minister Experiences Co Down Railway Heritage
Infrastructure Minister, John O'Dowd, has experienced the rich railway heritage from across the island of Ireland during a visit to Downpatrick and County Down Railway. The Downpatrick and County Down Railway is a private charitable organization that operates heritage steam and diesel train services on three miles of track in Downpatrick.
01 July 2024
Fibrus Supports Over 30 Northern Irish Community Groups
Over 30 Northern Irish community groups are receiving grants from Fibrus this year to improve internet and digital technology access across the region.
26 August 2009
Kennedy 'Snub' To Adams Recalled
Outspoken US politician, Edward 'Ted' Kennedy has died from cancer, aged 77.
04 March 2009
Honourary Knighthood For Ted Kennedy
One of the most potent American advocates of peace in Northern Ireland is to receive an honourary knighthood, it has been announced. Senator Ted Kennedy, (pictured) brother of former US president JF Kennedy, is to be knighted by the Queen for his work in the province during the peace process.