Dublin's Lord Mayor will seek to ban royals from 1916 centenary

Dublin's Lord Mayor is to seek support for a motion blocking any British royals taking part in the 1916 centenary.

According to a report carried in this morning's The Irish Times, Christy Burke believes any royal participation in the events would be inappropriate.

He added that it reflects on what he had heard from the public, and does not mean to offend anyone.

"A number of people … said to me that they felt if royalty is at the forefront of any 2016 celebrations, that the focus would be lost, because it would focus on the royals … it's the Irish nation's day," he said.

Mr Burke, who is an independent councillor, and former Sinn Féin member until 2009, will table the motion at the next meeting of the city council in July.

He will not, however, be the Lord Mayor in 1916, as a Sinn Féin Lord Mayor will take on the role.

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