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Ó Snodaigh launches programme of events to mark 93rd anniversary of 1916 Rising

2 April, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Speaking as he helped to launch Sinn Féin’s programme of events to mark the 93rd anniversary of the Easter Rising Dublin Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh said the politics of ‘mé féin’ have failed and it is time for the politics of Sinn Féin.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh called on all Irish men, women and children to wear an Easter Lily to honour all those who died for Irish freedom in 1916 and since.

He said, "This Easter Sinn Féin will once again pay tribute to the unselfish men and women, boys and girls, who struck a blow for Irish freedom at Easter 1916 on the streets of our capital city. Their example is an inspiration because they were prepared to give their all to achieve Irish independence and I would urge all Irish men, women and children to wear an Easter Lily to honour all those who died for Irish freedom in 1916 and since.

"As the country faces the worst economic recession in decades people are looking for inspiration and hope to find a better way forward for Ireland. For the past decade and a half the politics of ‘mé féin’ as championed by successive Fianna Fáil led Governments has rewarded the greed of the wealthy few and neglected the needs of many in our society. As a result our economy has been brought to its knees.

"Ninety-three years on Sinn Féin is continuing to work for a new Ireland based on the principles of equality outlined in the proclamation of 1916. The politics of ‘mé féin’ have failed. It’s time for the politics of Sinn Féin." ENDS

Note to editor: Dublin events to mark the 93rd anniversary of the 1916 Rising are

detailed below.

Monday April 6th

7:30pm, 44 Parnell Square

Wednesday April 8th

2pm Kildare Street entrance to Leinster House

Thursday April 9th

7:30pm Wynns Hotel, Abbey Street

Friday April 10th

1pm Arbour Hill

Speaker: Sinn Féin Councillor Séamus McGrattan

City Centre Rebel Walking Tour

2:30pm Sinn Féin Shop, 58 Parnell Square

Saturday 11th April

Dublin South Central Commemorations

Parade to Markievicz Park

Speaker: Sinn Féin Councillor Louise Minihan

2pm Errigal Field

Parade to Eamonn Ceannt Park

Speaker: Sinn Féin Councillor Ray McHugh

Easter Sunday 12th April

Wreath laying Ceremony

Speaker: Sinéad Cooke, Sinn Féin local election candidate for tallaght South

Main Dublin Easter Commemoration

Parade to GPO, O’Connell Street

Main speaker: Mary Lou McDonald Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin

Followed by Easter function, Teachers’ Club, Parnell Square

Easter Monday 13th April

Speakers: Mary Lou McDonald MEP, Councillor Daithí Doolan and Oisín Dolan

2pm Bakers Corner, Dún Laoghaire

Parade to Deans Grange Cemetery

Main Speaker: Mary Lou McDonald MEP

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