US News What is a shamrock poppy? The Irish badge Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wore in the Dail

12:39  08 november  2017
12:39  08 november  2017 Source:   dublinlive.ie

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has worn an Irish -themed red poppy badge to commemorate the island's war dead. Fine Gael leader Mr Varadkar wore the Shamrock Poppy in the Dáil . The move is symbolic of the greater recognition now afforded in the Republic of Ireland to those Irishmen who fought and

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Leo Varadkar wore a shamrock poppy in the Dail on Tuesday as a mark of respect for the UK's remembrance day.

The badge is different from the usual poppy and had a lot of people wondering what exactly it was or meant.

The poppy is remembering those in the war but is not quite the same as the usual poppy.

Here is everything you need to know.

What does it look like?

The shamrock poppy is simply the usual red poppy inside a green shamrock and is worn on a shirt or jacket.

What does it stand for?

A spokesperson for Leo Varadkar said: "The Shamrock Poppy recognises Irish soldiers who fought in World War One.

"It was commissioned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War by the Irish branch of the Royal British Legion.

"Proceeds from the Shamrock Poppy go to Irish veterans and their families, and towards the upkeep to memorials to Irish soldiers in Ireland. All money stays in Ireland."

What's the difference between it and a normal poppy?

A red poppy has been used in the UK and several other countries to commemorate servicemen and women killed in all conflicts.

The shamrock poppy however only commemorates the Irish who died in the first World War.

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