Taoiseach will attend David Trimble’s funeral on Monday

The Taoiseach will attend David Trimble’s funeral in Lisburn on Monday, senior sources have confirmed.

The funeral service for the former First Minister of Northern Ireland will be held in Lisburn on Monday, the Ulster Unionist Party announced today.

Micheál Martin’s schedule will be revised to allow him to attend the funeral service for the original First Minister of Northern Ireland, in accordance with the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

Secretary of State Simon Coveney could also represent the government at the event, while Áras an Uachtaráin reviews media inquiries about President Michael D. Higgins attending. He would need government permission to leave the state.

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is believed to be attending along with active members of the Oireachtas. Tánaiste Leo Varadkar was asked about his intentions with new North Minister Shailesh Vara expected to be in attendance. It is understood Downing Street could later make an announcement regarding further UK Government representation, while the US State Department will be represented to some extent.

Worship service is Monday at 12:30 p.m. at Harmony Hill Presbyterian Church.

Mr Trimble has died aged 77 after a short illness and tributes from Northern Ireland and around the world have poured in for the politician who is regarded as the architect of peace in the province.

On Monday evening, the Trimble family announced “with great sadness” that the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former First Minister “passed away peacefully earlier today after a short illness.”

Books of condolence for the former leader are set to be opened across Northern Ireland, including at Belfast City Hall, which will open its book at 2pm in the Civic Center reception.

The City’s Lord Mayor, Tina Black, will open the book of condolences in memory of Lord Trimble and the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane, Sandra Duffy, will open a book in Derry’s Guildhall.

The Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon ​​Paul Greenfield has opened an online book of condolences.

Meanwhile, Stormont officials confirmed they are currently discussing plans for the gathering to commemorate Lord Trimble’s death and an announcement is expected later on Tuesday.

Previously, current UUP leader Doug Beattie said Lord Trimble had “seized the nettle of peace”.

Mr Beattie also placed flowers under a portrait of Mr Trimble at Stormont.

“He put his head over the parapet and there are people alive today who would not have been alive if he had not done what he did,” Mr Beattie told BBC NI’s Good Morning Ulster.

“What price can you ask for peace and what price for life? What David did was the right thing. I think he made the right decisions.

“He believed in peace, he believed he had an opportunity and he wanted to take that opportunity. He put us on a course that was the right direction.

“His legacy is to bring peace to Northern Ireland, something we never thought we could achieve.

“My thoughts are truly with Lady Trimble and the entire family today.”

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