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Mother on pain of losing son in IRA Mountbatten attack

The mother of a boy murdered in the IRA bomb attack that killed Prince Charles' great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten, has welcomed the prince's visit to Ireland.

The prince is to visit the place where his great-uncle was killed in 1979, on the second day of his visit to Ireland.

Mary Hornsey, whose son Paul Maxwell, 15, was killed, said: "It's a good thing that people will never forget how awful it is for a mother to lose her son. And realise the absolute senselessness of violence."

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Charles' visit to Ireland 'can bring healing' to communities

Prince Charles' visit to the scene of Lord Mountbatten's assassination at the hands of the IRA can help heal communities affected by the 30-year conflict in Northern Ireland, the country's Foreign Affairs Minister has said.

Charlie Flanagan said he hopes this afternoon's visit by the Prince of Wales' visit to the location where his great-uncle was killed along with three others would be a "time for reflection" on other dark moments for the country.

Prince Charles will visit the scene of Lord Mountbatten's assassination this afternoon Credit: PA

Prince Charles and Camilla will visit Mullaghmore, Co Sligo, after making history by shaking hands with Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams in Galway yesterday.

This afternoon will bring, I hope, further healing as we all reflect on those dark moments across these islands that cast a shadow across cities and towns such as Belfast and Birmingham, Derry and Dublin, Warrenpoint and Warrington, as well as here in Sligo and nearby Enniskillen and Monaghan.

So much of [Prince Charles'] visit here is about the quality of the relationship between our two countries in the 21st century - relations that can be aptly described as warm, neighbourly, dynamic and further improving all of the time.

– Charlie Flanagan, Ireland's Foreign Affairs Minister

Prince Charles to visit scene of his great uncle's murder

Prince Charles' trip to Ireland will take an emotional turn today when he visits the site where his great uncle Lord Mountbatten was assassinated.

Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will travel to Mullaghmore, County Sligo, where Louis Mountbatten was killed along with three others when a bomb was detonated on his boat on 27 August, 1979.

Prince Charles will visit Mullaghmore, County Sligo, later today. Credit: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

After a prayer service for peace and reconciliation in nearby Drumcliffe, the Prince of Wales will meet some of those who were in the seaside village on the day of the atrocity, and others who pulled survivors from the Atlantic.

On his arrival in Mullaghmore, Charles will meet locals and look around the village's "peace garden" before attending a private engagement in the Pier Head Hotel where the bodies of the dead and injured were treated once ashore.

History made over a cup of tea and courtesies

History was made over a cup of tea and the common courtesies when Prince Charles shook hands with Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams. The simple gesture, after decades of civil strife and hatred, was followed by private talks. It is more than thirty years since Charles' great uncle, Lord Mountbatten, was killed by an IRA bomb.

The Prince shared a smile with Gerry Adams, who said they both expressed regret for the past, and shared concerns, especially for the bereaved.

Prince Charles' 'regret' over Northern Ireland troubles

Gerry Adams meets Prince Charles. Credit: PA

Prince Charles expressed his "regret" over lives lost in in Northern Ireland's Troubles during a private meeting with Gerry Adams.

The Sinn Fein president spoke to Charles about the 1979 IRA bombing in which his great uncle Lord Mountbatten was murdered.

Adams said: "Both he and we expressed our regret for what happened from 1968 onwards.

"We were of a common mind and the fact that the meeting took place, it obviously was a big thing for him to do and a big thing for us to do."

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Adams: We want to deal with the past in an honest way

Gerry Adams says he wants to talk about the past. Credit: PA

Gerry Adams has said Sinn Fein wants to deal with the past - but is waiting for the British Government to rise to the challenge.

Speaking after his historic meeting with Prince Charles, he said: "We are up for that challenge and will deal with it in a very forthright and honest way."

Gerry Adams and Prince Charles 'look to future'

Gerry Adams has said he and Prince Charles put the past behind them today to concentrate on "moving towards the future".

Speaking to reporters after their private discussion following their much-publicised handshake, the Sinn Fein leader said: "I think it was a good meeting.

"We discussed the need for the entire process to move forward in terms of people who have suffered, families who have been bereaved, and the need to heal.

"To have relationships between the people of these islands and of this island, moving towards the future."

Adams said Prince Charles told him he had reflected on his own suffering which the royal said he "given him an affinity and understanding of other people."

He added: "The war is over. We need to be mindful of all that happened in that 30 year stretch. Now, while being totally mindful of the victims, we need to be looking towards the future.

"And it's fair to say that Prince Charles is also looking to the future and wants to be an influence on that."

Gerry Adams at the back of the crowd at Charles visit

Gerry Adams is just visible at the back of the crowd.

At a welcome reception at the National University of Ireland the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were seen in the same place as Gerry Adams for the first time.

However there was a great deal of distance between the royal couple and the Sinn Fein leader was difficult to pick out at the back of the crowd.

Prince Charles will meet Gerry Adams face to face today as he begins an emotional and historic trip to the west of Ireland where his great uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten was assassinated by the IRA.

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