Liam Aylward MEP: Legacy of Irish Famine should be marked at home and abroad
Brussels, 31st May 2011
Following meetings with the Committee for the Commemoration of the Irish Famine Victims and representations to the European Commission, Liam Aylward MEP, a Member of the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education is now calling on the Minister for Foreign Affairs to seek international support to mark the Irish Famine on an international scale.
“The Irish Famine of 1845 – 1849 resulted in the death of millions people and the forced emigration of further millions. This tragic event changed Ireland irrevocably and the Irish emigrants shaped the face of many international communities in the years that followed. It would be a fitting tribute to have the legacy of the famine marked internationally.”
A commemoration walk was held earlier this month in Dublin to mark the Irish Famine Victims and Emigrants Memorial Day.
“Several groups in Ireland have been working tirelessly on this issue over the past number of years and the National Famine Memorial Day is a testament to their work. Their aim to have the National Famine Memorial Day internationally acknowledged and the impact and legacy the Irish Famine had on the World recognised is an important and timely project.”
“I have written to the Minister for Foreign Affairs to request that he take action on this emotive issue and see that the important legacy of this tragic event is not forgotten.”