Saturday, 7 August 2010

Ambassador praises Irish CND

The Irish Times carries the following photograph and news report on page 10 today [8 August 2010]:

Hunshi Murukami from Tokyo playing the harp at the ceremony

Merrion Square Remembrance
Ambassador praises Irish CND


ABOUT 50 people gathered in Dublin’s Merrion Square yesterday to mark the 65th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb in the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
The event was organised by the Irish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and was held at their memorial cherry tree, planted in Merrion Square Park on August 6th, 1980.

The Rev Canon Patrick Comerford, president of the Irish CND, criticised the world’s governments for their investment in nuclear arms. “Sixty-five years later, we are still building more and more terrifying weapons of mass destruction,” he said.

“Britain is one of the smallest nuclear powers in the world today – but its Trident force alone has the capacity to destroy Hiroshima 7,296 times over. It has become difficult, if not impossible, to distinguish between war and mass murder because any respect for the rights of civilians has been discarded. It doesn’t have to be so,” he said.

Cllr Eoghan Murphy, representing Dublin’s lord mayor, laid a commemorative wreath at the memorial cherry tree.

“A fact of humanity is that we’re determined to learn through making mistakes. The great tragedy behind that fact is that some people do not learn at all,” he said. “In remembering this, we remind ourselves that this actually happened, and it is not just some story.”

Japanese ambassador Toshinao Urabe expressed his gratitude to Irish CND for organising the event. He commended Ireland’s “perseverance” in laying the ground for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty – in 1970.

– HUGH McDOWELL