PreviousNext

Leaders view new Titanic complex

By // News | Leaders view new Titanic complex
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font
30 March 2012 Last updated at 15:09 ET
First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness viewed the Titanic Belfast complex on FridayFirst Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness viewed the Titanic Belfast complex on Friday

The first and deputy first ministers have joined in remembering the victims of the Titanic disaster during a visit to the Titanic Belfast complex.

Peter Robinson said the building, which opens on Saturday, was a celebration of the workmanship that led to Belfast being a world leader in shipbuilding.

Martin McGuinness said the building was also a fine commemoration of the more than 1,500 people who lost their lives.

He revealed that a relative, Hugh Rooney, had worked on the ship.

Mr Robinson was asked on BBC Radio Evening Extra programme about the significance of Martin McGuinness standing beside him in shipyard surroundings that many Catholics previously regarded as hostile.

"I think it further demonstrates that we are indeed in a new era," he said.

"There's a new spirit in Northern Ireland, there's a strong confidence for the people of Northern Ireland that they can move forward, that they can work towards prosperity.

"So I think it's a sign of the times that people in Northern Ireland have now left the Troubles behind and they are wanting to see a bright future."

'World leader'

The first minister said the Titanic Belfast complex was a facility that people from Northern Ireland and from around the world "would just have to see".

"It's a facility that matches anything else in the world," he said.

"It is a celebration of the workmanship that led to Belfast being the world leader in shipbuilding a century ago, but it is also a commemoration to mark the death, in the icy seas of the Atlantic of over 1,500 people."

Martin McGuinness said: "It's an absolutely stunning building and as I predicted in the United States last week, this would be a world news story and it certainly has been in the course of the last couple of days.

"At the time when we were taking our decision at the executive to pour something like £40m into this, some questions were asked, because of the history of it, if we should be doing this.

"I have to say I was always very much in favour of this, because this is our attempt to write a new history, to move forward in a positive and constructive way, a very inclusive way."

Mr McGuinness said he had a "great stake" in the weekend's events because his father's uncle, Hugh Rooney, worked in the shipyard as a carpenter-joiner and helped with fitting out the Titanic in 1911.

"I'm very proud of that and I'm very proud of our family's association with that event at that time," he said.

Tagged : No tags for this article

Headlines Newsview all

Ebola could hit 15 countries across Africa: Study of how disease has spread in past finds 70million people may be at risk of infection

The Ebola outbreak could hit 15 countries across Africa - putting the lives of 70 million people at risk, a groundbreaking study has found. In a ...

economic ties with China as two countries announce £2.4bn in new commercial deals

Britain is to forge closer economic ties with China after Chancellor George Osborne announced £2.4billion in new commercial deals with the People’s Republic. As the annual ...

Manchester Dogs Home: Public raise over £200,000 in hours after dogs home fire

Donations have poured in for Manchester Dogs’ Home after a fire ripped through the premises, killing more than 53 dogs last night. A JustGiving page set ...

Manchester Dogs' Home: 15-year-old questioned on suspicion of arson attack after blaze kills 40 dogs

A 15-year-old boy is being questioned on suspicion of arson after a blaze at Manchester Dogs' Home which killed more than 40 dogs. Firefighters were called ...

Oscar Pistorius braced for verdict in Reeva Steenkamp murder trial

The judge in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has started delivering her long-awaited verdict in a case that has gripped the world - a decision ...

Airline passenger was accidentally given suitcase full of plastic EXPLOSIVES left at Sydney airport by the AFP a month ago... then took them home 

A woman got more than what she bargained for when she was given a replacement suitcase at Sydney airport after her luggage was damaged on ...

I'm convinced Oscar Pistorius is innocent, says journalist to have spent time with the time athlete during his murder trial

Mark Williams-Thomas believes athlete shot Reeva Steenkamp by mistake Reporter says he has spoken to Paralympian and his family in 'real detail' He says double-amputee is a ...

Royal baby hoax hospital staff wanted to discipline nurse Jacintha Saldanha

An Australian DJ has made a face-to-face apology to the family of a nurse who killed herself after she put her through to the Duchess of ... Full story

Trainee teacher hangs himself after split from the girlfriend he couldn’t live without

A trainee teacher hanged himself on New Year’s Eve after a split from his girlfriend, an inquest heard today. Keiran Walsh, 22, split from his partner ... Full story

White Dee, Benefits Street's most infamous and shameless resident

Late on a dark and rainy night, it is all go-go-go down at White Dee’s house in Birmingham. There is a pan of fish stew ... Full story

DJ Chris Moyles claimed to be a second-hand CAR DEALER to save £1 million in celebrity tax avoidance scheme

DJ Chris Moyles claimed to be a second-hand car dealer while presenting Radio 1’s Breakfast Show in a bid to save up to £1million in ... Full story

Comment on: Leaders view new Titanic complex

Rate this article

0

Featured author

julian nwogu

Breaking News

Twitter user live tweets attack 'before Pentagon breaks news'

A Syrian twitter user is believed to have broken news of US air strikes in Syria 30 minutes before the Pentagon confirmed the military had ...

Isis: Which countries are supporting US air strikes against Sunni militants?

American officials announced the first wave of strikes against Isis had taken place last night in cooperation with several gulf nations. In a statement, a Pentagon ...

Apple denies it is shutting down Beats Music

Apple has been forced to deny that it is shutting down the streaming music service it acquired as part of the $3bn purchase of Beats ...

Pictured: Boy, 10, who died after a sand dune collapsed on him as he played at the beach on the first day of his school holidays

Byron Gordon was digging in the sand when a dune collapsed on top of him at Terrace Beach near Eden on the NSW far south ...

This incredible record breaking 360 degree picture of Sydney is made up of 21,000 pics, took weeks to put together and covers a 100km area 

The 125 gigapixel interactive image of Sydney sets new record for Australia’s largest ever panoramic photoThe breath taking image has a radius of 100km, the ...

Syrian pilots seen 'parachuting to ground' from plane shot down by Israel

Footage claiming to show two Syrian pilots parachuting to the ground from their plane after it was shot down by an Israeli missile has emerged. The ...

Sirens? Try crowing cockerels at 7am! City dwellers enjoy better night's sleep than people living in the 'noisy' countryside 

Londoners are the happiest with their sleep, poll of 1,000 people finds Worst sleepers from around Norwich, Southampton and NottinghamshireDisturbances included crowing cockerels, tractors and noisy ...

Rocket man: New Zealand company launches self-propelled jet packs for use by emergency services 

Jet pack maker Martin Aircraft is based in Christchurch, New Zealand'This is not a novelty' they say, with emergency services around the world apparently keen ...

Baltimore Ravens' Steve Bisciotti 'would rehire NFL's Ray Rice down the line'

Ray Rice got a little good news today when Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said he would possibly rehire the football star 'down the line'Bisciotti ...

Emma Watson 'nude photos will be leaked within days' claim 4Chan hackers

Emma Watson has become the latest target of hackers who are threatening to publish a series of intimate pictures of her in a matter of ...