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Leo Varadkar and Julian Smith lay wreaths in Enniskillen as Northern Ireland marks Remembrance Sunday

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar places a wreath during the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Enniskillen, held in tribute for members of the armed forces who have died in major conflicts. Niall Carson/PA Wire


Taoiseach Leo Varadkar places a wreath during the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Enniskillen, held in tribute for members of the armed forces who have died in major conflicts. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith places a wreath during a Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Enniskillen, held in tribute for members of the armed forces who have died in major conflicts. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 10, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Remembrance. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and DUP Leader Arlene Foster at a Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Enniskillen, held in tribute for members of the armed forces who have died in major conflicts. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 10, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Remembrance. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
DUP leader Arlene Foster places a wreath at a Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Enniskillen, held in tribute for members of the armed forces who have died in major conflicts. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 10, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Remembrance. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Crowds gather at a Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Enniskillen, held in tribute for members of the armed forces who have died in major conflicts. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 10, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Remembrance. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar places a wreath during the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Enniskillen, held in tribute for members of the armed forces who have died in major conflicts. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 10, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Remembrance. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
(left to right) Northern Ireland Secretary Julien Smith, DUP leader Arlene Foster and Taoiseach Leo Varadkat at a Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Enniskillen, held in tribute for members of the armed forces who have died in major conflicts. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 10, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Remembrance. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar places a wreath during the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Enniskillen, held in tribute for members of the armed forces who have died in major conflicts. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 10, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Remembrance. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at a Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Enniskillen, held in tribute for members of the armed forces who have died in major conflicts. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 10, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Remembrance. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
(left to right) Northern Ireland Secretary Julien Smith, DUP leader Arlene Foster and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at a Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Enniskillen, held in tribute for members of the armed forces who have died in major conflicts. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 10, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Remembrance. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
(left to right) Northern Ireland Secretary Julien Smith, DUP leader Arlene Foster and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at a Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Enniskillen, held in tribute for members of the armed forces who have died in major conflicts. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 10, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Remembrance. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
(left to right) Northern Ireland Secretary Julien Smith, DUP leader Arlene Foster and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at a Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Enniskillen, held in tribute for members of the armed forces who have died in major conflicts. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 10, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Remembrance. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Northern Ireland Secretary Julien Smith and DUP leader Arlene Foster at a Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Enniskillen, held in tribute for members of the armed forces who have died in major conflicts. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 10, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Remembrance. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at a Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Enniskillen, held in tribute for members of the armed forces who have died in major conflicts. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 10, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Remembrance. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith have laid wreaths in Enniskillen as services take place across the province to mark Remembrance Sunday.

Mr Varadkar laid a green laurel wreath during the service at the war memorial in the Co Fermanagh town. 

In November 1987, an IRA Poppy Day blast in the Co Fermanagh lakeland town killed 12 and injured 68.

Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith and DUP leader Arlene Foster also laid floral tributes during the service.



PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne lays a wreath during an act of Remembrance is held at the Cenotaph in Belfast City Hall on November 10th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)


PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne lays a wreath during an act of Remembrance is held at the Cenotaph in Belfast City Hall on November 10th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne lays a wreath during an act of Remembrance is held at the Cenotaph in Belfast City Hall on November 10th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney lays a wreath during an act of Remembrance is held at the Cenotaph in Belfast City Hall on November 10th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Commodore M Quinn of the Royal Navy lays a wreath during an act of Remembrance is held at the Cenotaph in Belfast City Hall on November 10th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
An act of Remembrance is held at the Cenotaph in Belfast City Hall on November 10th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
An act of Remembrance is held at the Cenotaph in Belfast City Hall on November 10th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
An act of Remembrance is held at the Cenotaph in Belfast City Hall on November 10th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne lays a wreath during an act of Remembrance is held at the Cenotaph in Belfast City Hall on November 10th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The American Consul General, Ms E Kennedy Trudeau lays a wreath during an act of Remembrance is held at the Cenotaph in Belfast City Hall on November 10th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast Peter McReynolds lays a wreath during an act of Remembrance is held at the Cenotaph in Belfast City Hall on November 10th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney lays a wreath during an act of Remembrance is held at the Cenotaph in Belfast City Hall on November 10th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Minister for Defence Procurement Anne-Marie Trevelyan lays a wreath during an act of Remembrance is held at the Cenotaph in Belfast City Hall on November 10th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast Peter McReynolds lays a wreath during an act of Remembrance is held at the Cenotaph in Belfast City Hall on November 10th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
An act of Remembrance is held at the Cenotaph in Belfast City Hall on November 10th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle CBE lays a wreath during an act of Remembrance is held at the Cenotaph in Belfast City Hall on November 10th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
An act of Remembrance is held at the Cenotaph in Belfast City Hall on November 10th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
An act of Remembrance is held at the Cenotaph in Belfast City Hall on November 10th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
An act of Remembrance is held at the Cenotaph in Belfast City Hall on November 10th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

The deputy US counsel general in Belfast left a wreath which quoted former US president Ronald Reagan.

It said: “Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply.

“It has a cost, it imposes a burden.

“And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we – in a less final, heroic way – be willing to give of ourselves.”

Veterans from both sides of the Irish border attended.

Crowds packed the narrow street around the memorial.

Wreaths were left by RAF air cadets, the commanding officer of the Royal Dragoon Guards from Catterick Garrison in Yorkshire, a Regimental Association of the Royal Irish Regiment, the local council, Ulster Unionist Party, the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regimental Association and Mrs Foster.

She wrote: “In proud and grateful remembrance of all those who made the supreme sacrifice.”

The IRA bomb detonated during the Remembrance Sunday ceremony in 1987.

Eleven people were killed in the bombing. A 12th, Ronnie Hill, went into a coma and died 13 years later. The Queen and then prime minister Margaret Thatcher sent their sympathies.

The Ballyreagh Silver Band, who played at the 1987 Remembrance Sunday ceremony, provided music for this year’s ceremony.

On Remembrance Day 1997, former Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams apologised for the bombing.

In 2012, Enda Kenny became the first Irish Taoiseach to attend Enniskillen’s Remembrance Sunday ceremony, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the blast.

It is the second time Mr Varadkar has taken part in the event, and the eighth year that the Irish government has been represented.

The Taoiseach also read a prayer at a service in St Macartin’s Cathedral.

PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne laid a wreath during an act of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Belfast City Hall.

Belfast Telegraph Digital

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