Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has confirmed his party will be represented at events marking the visit of the Prince of Wales to Ireland.
The move was widely expected given the recent thawing in relations between the republican party and the Royals, beginning with the Queen’s historic handshake with Sinn Fein veteran and former IRA commander Martin McGuinness in Belfast in 2012.
This week’s Royal visit will provide another highly symbolic moment when Charles visits the scene of Lord Mountbatten’s murder by the IRA in 1979.
The prince and Duchess of Cornwall will tour Mullaghmore in Co Sligo where his great-uncle and godfather was killed by a booby trap bomb while on a fishing holiday.
Mr Adams said his party’s governing Ard Chomhairle had agreed that representatives should attend events during the four-day visit, which will see the Royal couple fulfil engagements on both sides of the border. He did not provide details on which events Sinn Fein would be represented at.
“At the time of the announcement of the visit I said that it should be an opportunity to promote reconciliation and build on the good work done by Martin McGuinness and the English Queen,” said Mr Adams.
“Prince Charles is the Colonel-in-Chief of the Parachute Regiment. A regiment of the British Army that has been responsible for killing of many Irish citizens including in Derry, Ballymurphy, Springhill (both in west Belfast) and other communities across the north.
“But he also has been bereaved by the actions of republicans.
“Thankfully the conflict is over. But there remains unresolved injustices. These must be rectified and a healing process developed.
“There is a responsibility on us all to promote reconciliation and seek to promote healing.
“It is with that in mind that the Ard Chomhairle decided that Sinn Fein representatives will attend a number of events during this visit.”