The Queen is to be invited to Ireland’s official centenary commemoration of the 1916 Rising, the Irish government has confirmed. Invitations will also be extended to the UK’s Prime Minister, other members of the Royal family and to Unionist politicians. It follows confirmation last year that Ireland will take part in Britain’s planned centenary celebrations of WWI. In 2011, Queen Elizabeth and then President of Ireland Mary McAleese made history when they both laid wreaths honouring British war dead, Irish who died fighting for Britain and Irish who fought against British forces for independence.
Pope Francis urges the international community to avoid escalating violence in the Middle East, calling for solidarity to be shown with Christians and non-Christians in Syria.
President Michael D Higgins calls for investigation into social and regional differences in the rate of suicide in different counties. On the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day, President Higgins said research was “crucial” to understanding and stopping suicide.
Siobhan Donaghy of the original Sugababes, tells us about being a teenage pop star and how it feels to be back with Mutya and Keisha
Zadie Smith appears at an event held by Ashford Place, formerly known as Cricklewood Homeless Concern. Married to a poet from Cookstown, Zadie believes the different cultures in North West London should mix more.
Ireland are defeated at cricket by an England team that includes two Irishmen.
Actress Susan Fitzgerald dies after a long illness.
Matt Healy, lead singer of The 1975, on growing up with two actor parents and how it prepared him for a chart topping career.
Singer-songwriter and rapper Example speaks about his late uncle Tony Grealish and new single All The Wrong Places.
AND IN SPORT…
Cork and Clare will have to do it all again after last Sunday’s All-Ireland final ended with honours even.
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