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Mixed reactions to Sinn Féin’s O’Neill attending British royal coronation

Sinn Féin Deputy President Michelle O’Neill attending the coronation of Britain’s King Charles.

The party leader in Stormont said the gesture showed her commitment to building good relations and promoting peace and reconciliation, reports RTE.

Mr O’Neill would become Prime Minister of Northern Ireland if the current power-sharing impasse were to end and devolution return to Stormont.

In September, she attended the funeral of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth in London.

The move to attend the coronation is the latest sign of much improved relations since the start of the Northern Ireland peace process.

“I have accepted an invitation to attend the coronation of King Charles III,” Ms O’Neill said recently, reports RTE.

“We are living in a time of great change. A time to respect our differing and equally legitimate aspirations, a time to firmly focus on the future and the opportunities that the next decade will bring. I am an Irish republican. I also recognise there are many people on our island for whom the coronation is a hugely important occasion,” reports RTE.

“I am committed to being a First Minister for all, representing the whole community, building good relations between the people of these islands, and advancing peace and reconciliation through respectful and mature engagement. Therefore, as First Minister Designate, I will join President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, international figures, church leaders, other party leaders and the Assembly Speaker Alex Maskey for the coronation in London,” reports RTE.

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