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Adams agrees with 1916 Relatives on Government's shambolic approach to commemoration

12 October, 2014 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has said he agrees with the 1916 Relatives Association which has said the Government's plans for the commemoration celebrations are in shambles.

The association has not been able to get a meeting with the new Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys to discuss its plans.

Mr Adams says that this is because the Government has no plans.

The Sinn Féin Leader said:

"As yet, no plan, no proposal and no programme of events, outlining how, where or what the Government intends to organise to mark this event has been published. This should be a cause for concern.

"Indeed, the only idea mooted by senior members of the Cabinet so far has been to invite members of the English royal family to whatever ceremony eventually takes place.

"The significance of this anniversary and the fact that no plan has emerged is an indictment of the Fine Gael/Labour Government's approach.

"The Government's amnesia about this country's revolutionary period betrays a lack of confidence in the Government's own political position regarding these events and how the ideals of 1916 remain unfulfilled.

"It is not too late for the Government to get its act together on this issue. I believe it needs a hands-on intervention from An Taoiseach."

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