Ir­ish eyes are smil­ing south of the border

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Dublin­ers have been called on to line the streets of the Ir­ish cap­i­tal today as the Olympic Torch tours the only city out­side the UK.

Jed­ward will be among more than 40 torch­bear­ers tak­ing part in a his­toric trip south of the border.

J o c k e y R u b y Wa l s h , Olympic win­ning run­ners So­nia O’Sul­li­van and Ron­nie De­lany, and former foot­ballers and rugby stars will also take part in the event, which in­cludes a 44me­tre high run along the Sky­line roof at Croke Park sta­dium.

Pat Hickey, pres­i­dent of the Olympic Coun­cil of Ire­land, said or­gan­is­ers ap­pealed to have the torch brought into the ju­ris­dic­tion for the sym­bolic visit.

He said: “We will never have the Olympic Games in Dublin and the near­est we are ever go­ing to come to it is the Lon­don Games, so to have the torch re­lay on our part of the is­land is quite unique and his­tor­i­cal.

“I think in years to come peo­ple will look back and say, ‘That must have been great’. We got a spe­cial dero­ga­tion for it to move from Belfast to Dublin and we see the cross­ing of the border as a way of cel­e­brat­ing peace in North­ern Ire­land for the last 15 years.”

The Olympic Torch’s tour of Ire­land be­gan in Belfast on Sun­day, with 400 torch­bear­ers tak­ing part in a four-day re­lay around North­ern Ire­land.

An early-morn­ing border cer­e­mony will be held as the torch trav­els to the Repub­lic, with the han­dover be­tween Ir­ish Olympic box­ing medal­lists Wayne McCull ough, a Protest ant from Belfast, and Michael Car­ruth, a Catholic from Dublin, who be­came friends dur­ing the 1992 Games in Barcelona.

More than 5,000 peo­ple are ex­pected in Howth as Ir­ish Pres­i­dent Michael D Hig­gins greets the first Dublin torch­bearer.

The con­voy will move on

“To have the torch re­lay on our part of the is­land is unique”

to Croke Park – the home of GAA – be­fore the first leg of the city re­lay starts.

The torch will pass sev­eral his­tor­i­cal sites in­clud­ing the Gar­den of Re­memb r a n c e , G P O, C u s t o m House, River Lif­fey, Mer­rion Square, St Pa­trick Cathe­dral, Christchurch and Dublin Cas­tle be­fore mak­ing the jour­ney back to North­ern Ire­land.

Ire­land’s most fa­mous Olympian, 77-year-old De­lany, Par­a­lympian Anne Ebbs, 71, and boxer Ken­neth Egan will be among the re­lay team. rial in­ter­ests, into whether Mr Hunt broke the rules too.

Mr Cameron said: “They were two very dif­fer­ent cases. In the case of Jeremy Hunt, ob­vi­ously all of that has been gone t hrough by t he Leve­son In­quiry.

“In the case of Say­eeda Warsi, I am very happy with the ex­pla­na­tion she has given. She has apol­o­gised for the mis­take she has made but I think it right for Sir Alex Al­lan just to see if there are any loose ends that need to be picked up. It’s no more than that.”

Mr Hus­sain at­tended Lady Warsi's July 2010 visit to Pak­istan, soon af­ter she had joined the coali­tion Cab­i­net.

Mr Cameron ear­lier said t hat she should have “proac­tively” raised the busi­ness in­ter­est she shared with Mr Hus­sain with the For­eign Of­fice and the Cab­i­net Of­fice.

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